Dengue crisis: Kejriwal takes on MCD

New Delhi, Sept.18: In wake of the rising cases of dengue in the national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday alleged that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was not spending the amount allotted to it for development of the city.

Kejriwal, who made a surprise visit to Rajiv Gandhi Hospital here, said that spraying mosquito repellants require no money.

“They (MCD) keep saying ‘paisa, paisa, paisa’. It doesn’t take money to spray dengue medicines,” said Kejriwal.

Kejriwal had earlier written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the Centre must cooperate with the AAP Government in tackling the dengue menace.

“We got a letter from the Governor on 17th September. The letter has asked the government officials not to follow the orders of the Aam Aadmi Party Government; else they wouldn’t receive their salaries. If the Central Government has to fight with us, we request you to do it after two months,” Kejriwal wrote.

“I request you not to spread such fears and let the team work as one. If you (PM Modi) can help us fight dengue in any way, please do. We would be grateful,” he added.

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has directed all officers, including IAS and DANICS, not to follow the Delhi Government orders which were declared by the Centre as ‘null and void’.