Even as death toll of the homeless due to severe cold reaches 44 in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has washed hands of all the responsibility and pinned the blame on Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal for ‘appointing a useless officer’.
Media reporting 44 deaths of homeless due to cold. Am issuing show cause notice to CEO, DUSIB. Negligible deaths last year. This year, LG appointed a useless officer. LG refuses to consult us before appointing officers. How do we run govt like this?
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 8, 2018
This statement of Kejriwal comes hours after their Rajya Sabha nominee Sanjay Singh shrugged off the responsibilities by indulging in whataboutery and making outrageous remark that people are dying in Jharkhand as well.
Shockingly, while Kejriwal tried to pass the buck on to DUSIB (Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board) CEO, he forgot that he himself is the Chairperson of the Board as Chief Minister.
केजरीवाल का सच – DUSIB के चेयरमैन खुद है, 44 मौत होने पर नोटिस CEO को ।
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) January 8, 2018
44 lives lost to poor infra, lack of shelter homes in Delhi in just SIX DAYS despite increasing the budget by 9 crores. Shouldn’t Kejriwal, the CHAIRMAN of the shelter improvement board, instead of blaming the LG and officers take the moral responsibility and resign?
— Prashant Kumar (@scribe_prashant) January 8, 2018
Soon, Twitter users slammed Kejriwal for indulging in playing politics over deaths of innocent.
Shameless dirty fellow, people are dying and you playing politics. Selling RS tickets, corruption, filth everywhere including on the CM chair & now politics over poor people dying of cold. Mr Kejriwal, you’re a curse on the humanity. You deceived all those who voted you to power https://t.co/4Ckjk394rR
— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) January 8, 2018
Forget LG and officers the most shameful thing is you came to know about deaths thru media reports? That’s what happens if you spend more time on media than in your office! https://t.co/eaqhDidBbF
— venkat (@kvenkatvijay) January 8, 2018
Dear @ArvindKejriwal , What happened to your World Famous Rain Basera in Delhi???
Stop blaming LG for every issue !!!! pic.twitter.com/qBOQYTi1m8
— Dhaval Patel (@dhaval241086) January 8, 2018
Delhi BJP spokesperson, Tajinder Bagga even requested Kejriwal to put politics aside to help save lives of the homeless in the bitter cold.
सर ट्वीटर पर लड़ने से लोगो की जान नही बचेगी।आपसे फिर हाथ जोड़ के निवेदन है राजनीति छोड़ के मिल के काम करिये।रात को मेरे साथ चलिए,लोगो की स्थिति बहुत खराब है, लोग बिना रैनबसेरों के सड़को पर तिरपाल लेकर सो रहे है।हम पिछले 1 सप्ताह से प्रयास कर रहे है और आपको भी आमंत्रित करते है https://t.co/NHDPYt3dCF
— Tajinder Bagga (@TajinderBagga) January 8, 2018
Meanwhile, AAP leader Atishi Marlena implied that the deaths of the homeless is not due to the cold.
Politics aside, the coldheartedness of Aam Aadmi Party leaders in this bitter cold is shocking.