BJP slams AAP ministers for ‘doing photo-ops’

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) The BJP on Saturday slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ministers for doing “photo-ops” in the name of “One Delhi” which is just a cover up for lost public face.

“We condemn the photo-op activities of (Delhi Tourism Minister) Kapil Mishra in the name of One Delhi,” Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit chief Satish Upadhyay told reporters here.

Upadhyay’s remarks came following the outbreak of vector-borne diseases — dengue, chikungunya and malaria — in the city which has claimed 32 lives in the last few days.

The AAP has been facing criticism from all the opposition parties as most of its ministers are out of the city.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is in Bengaluru, where he underwent throat surgery, while Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is on an official trip to Finland.

Delhi’s Labour Minister Gopal Rai is in Chhattisgarh and Environment and Forest Minister Imran Hussain is on Haj trip.

Condemning the act of Mishra and Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain at the residence of Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, the BJP leader said: “It is regrettable that Kejriwal Minister continue their old dirty political games even in this hour of crisis.”

“They had gone to meet Lt Governor at his residence without seeking an appointment with him,” he added.

Jain and Mishra had gone to meet Jung at his residence earlier on Saturday after he sent a fax to Sisodia asking him to return immediately on Friday night.

Attacking AAP and the Congress for politicising the issue of dengue and chikungunya, the BJP leader said: “As soon as BJP got to know the gravity of the situation we cancelled all political protests unlike the ruling AAP or the Congress which is organising political melodramas to remain in news.”

Upadhyay said BJP is the only party which is positively contributing to the fight against the vector-borne diseases.

“Even as Delhi government and other parties are busy in photo-ops, BJP has come out to help people and it has started a series of blood donation camps to ensure full availability of blood and platelets for the needy patients,” he said.

He added the party will organise one blood donation camp a day in the city for the next 12 days.

Referring to media reports of Delhi government’s alleged instructions to the government and private doctors to not write the name of the viral diseases on the prescription, Upadhyay said: “I have spoken to Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda and Jung over the media reports that Delhi government is trying to fudge figures.”

–IANS

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