Delhi BJP MP and former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday criticised the Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP)-led authorities for the fast rise within the variety of coronavirus circumstances within the nationwide capital.
Saying that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been mendacity because the first day when the pandemic broke out, Gambhir advised CNN-Information18 that every one the claims made by the AAP dispensation on well being infrastructure within the metropolis have fallen flat.
The East Delhi MP additionally slammed Kejriwal for opening of liquor outlets that he stated worsened the pandemic scenario, whereas urging the latter to just accept his failings and take assist from the BJP-led central authorities.
Whereas heaping reward on the Left-led Kerala authorities and Congress-ruled Punjab for his or her dealing with of the disaster, Gambhir stated Kejriwal solely blames the Centre and by no means takes duty.
Edited excerpts from the inteeview:
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia stated by July 15, the variety of circumstances in Delhi will rise to 2.15 lakh and 33,000 beds might be essential and by July 31, 80,000 beds might be wanted, if the circumstances proceed to rise exponentially. This implies Delhi must be prepared to guard the pursuits of Delhiites. Then why did you tweet welcoming the LG order overruling the Delhi authorities’s earlier order?
Aren’t we presupposed to have 30,000 beds which had been dedicated by the CM? He has obnoxious numbers each single time and it’s both a press convention or they go to court docket. The Delhi authorities has been mendacity from day one. They do not wish to take any duty, which may be very shameful.
Are you saying the interval — the two-month lockdown that was presupposed to be for capacity-building — hasn’t been utilised by the Delhi authorities?
If you happen to ask me, they need to have sorted the migrants. Even at the moment, the Delhi authorities stated they had been catering to at least one lakh folks on a regular basis, however 25 lakh folks had been leaving Delhi.
Why would they (be leaving) if their wants had been being catered to? They (the AAP authorities) had no funds to cater to those folks. They gave all the pieces free earlier than elections. From migrants to PPEs, to growing tax on diesel and petrol, and 70% tax on liquor… as a result of they had been left with no cash.
No different authorities was on their knees as rapidly because the Delhi authorities. They may not even maintain something for a month as a result of they ended up giving all the pieces without cost.
The query could possibly be this can be a time the place there ought to be no politics and all public representatives ought to take a look at the pursuits of individuals. Might you cooperate with AAP at this level? Can the BJP and AAP work collectively?
I agree with you 100%. The primary time when all of the seven MPs and the CM had a name, all of them stated they had been prepared to work in any capability with AAP as a result of this isn’t in regards to the Congress, BJP and AAP.
If you happen to need assistance, we’re prepared that can assist you in any capability. I used to be the primary one to supply Rs 1 crore from the MPLAD fund to the Delhi aid fund as a result of I knew the scenario in Delhi hospitals might be very alarming. I offered them with numbers of PPE distributors.
We simply requested for one factor — the variety of kitchens catering to migrants and so they nonetheless haven’t offered that. They aren’t prepared to work with us. I’ve helped in each capability I might.
Delhi’s constructive circumstances have elevated exponentially within the final week….horror tales of individuals dropping their family members as a result of beds weren’t obtainable are developing. What will be executed?
Come out and converse the reality. They’ve been mendacity since day 1. Simply come out and say you weren’t able to deal with this pandemic. The CM begins taking part in blame video games and finally he’ll begin blaming the folks of Delhi. He says asymptomatic folks shouldn’t be examined. He has no proper to say that. He must be trustworthy with the folks of Delhi and inform us if he wants help.
Individuals are working from pillar to put up to get their family members admitted. It is extremely disturbing. Folks have taken to Twitter, MPs included. If a spot like Delhi is exhibiting indicators of a collapsing medical infrastructure, as residents of India ought to we be fearful about what could possibly be occurring within the rural belt?
Completely. If you happen to see, 4 months in the past Kejriwal’s marketing campaign was on training and well being infrastructure, all of which has collapsed. Now we get to know the fact. His guarantees have collapsed fully. He was in such a rush to open up all the pieces — first liquor outlets after which we could not management the scenario.
Have a look at how Kerala and Punjab are dealing with the scenario. The Punjab authorities is prepared to deal with folks from Tamil Nadu as nicely as a result of they know their intentions. The Delhi CM solely blames the Centre and by no means takes duty. He has by no means been in Delhi or has been born and introduced up in Delhi. Say the appropriate issues, do not give us obnoxious numbers.
So are you of the opinion that Delhi isn’t able to open up?
Completely not. Opening up liquor outlets was probably the most detrimental factor Kejriwal did for the folks of Delhi. He ought to have seen the professionals and cons of it. There have been 5-km queues and take a look at the transmission now. Inns don’t have any pointers from the Delhi authorities. Delhi was not able to open up however he was in a rush to open up as a result of he had no cash.