Lt. Governor and Chief Minister of Delhi divided on the opinion of prioritizing to the need of the residents of Delhi

Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, overruled the decision taken by Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal to test only those patients who show symptoms of the disease and to reserve beds for the residents of NCT of Delhi. Anil Baijal is also the chairman of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), and he said that this decision is intolerable. It is unfair for the state government to reserve beds for the residents of Delhi in state-run and private hospitals. This again fuelled the ongoing battle of AAP with the center. He also emphasized that any alteration from the ICMR guidelines for conduct Covid-19 will lead to further spread of the novel virus. He overruled the decision and stated that all hospitals and nursing homes have to reserve beds for the Covid-19 patients irrespective of ethnicity. Delhi has a total of 1,163 private hospitals and nursing homes, 21 central government hospitals, 51 MCD operated hospitals, and two NDMC run hospitals. Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, condemned the decision and said that the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is employing cheap political tricks. He added that the plan was well thought by the CM and had made the entire road map. He said, “Who will be responsible if all the beds get held in the next four days with people from outside coming to Delhi for medication? “ Arun Baijal responded by saying that no political party pressurized him to overrule the decision, and he followed the constitution that states everybody has a ‘Right to Life’ and health is an integral part of it.

On the other hand, Arvind Kejriwal has isolated himself from the public who has fever and cough and has been tested for coronavirus on Tuesday. The test results are yet to be declared. He hasn’t meet anybody and has conducted no meetings online; his last public appearance was on Sunday when he announced his decision to reserve beds. Delhi has approximately 29,943 coronavirus cases and is rising daily. A meeting of DDMA took place on Tuesday to decide on the strategy to tackle coronavirus in the coming days and determine whether the stage of community transmission has started in Delhi.

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