Ke­jri­wal blames Bai­jal, is­sues show-cause to DUSIB CEO

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NEW DELHI: Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal on Mon­day slammed Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Anil Bai­jal and is­sued a show-cause no­tice to the CEO of DUSIB for deaths due to cold in the na­tional cap­i­tal. Ke­jri­wal said the L-G did not con­sult the govern­ment be­fore ap­point­ing the CEO of Delhi Ur­ban Shel­ter Im­prove­ment Board (DUSIB), which looks af­ter night-shel­ters for the home­less in the city.

“Me­dia re­ported 44 deaths of home­less due to cold in Delhi. I Am is­su­ing show­cause no­tice to CEO, DUSIB. Neg­li­gi­ble deaths hap­pened last year. This year, L-G ap­pointed a use­less of­fi­cer. L-G re­fuses to con­sult us be­fore ap­point­ing of­fi­cers. How do we run govt like this?” said Ke­jri­wal.

Com­ment­ing on this step by CM, Sau­rabh Bharad­waj the chief spokesper­son of AAP and an MLA said, “He is the same of­fi­cer for whom Assem­bly Com­mit­tee rec­om­mended ad­verse re­marks in his ser­vice record. Chief Sec­re­tary (for­mer) Kutty went to HC to de­fend this of­fi­cer against the com­mit­tee. L-G will never act against such of­fi­cers.”

How­ever, the DUSIB of­fi­cials claimed that the num­ber re­ported by the me­dia was in­cor­rect as this in­cludes uniden­ti­fied death in hos­pi­tals, rail­way tracks and sui­cides which have no con­nec­tion with the work done by the agency. The CEO of DUSIB Shur­bir Singh was not avail­able for the re­ac­tion.

Mean­while, Delhi BJP ques­tioned the AAP govern­ment over the deaths of home­less peo­ple in the city this month, say­ing that if Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal would have taken an in­ter­est, their lives could have been saved. “At least 42 home­less peo­ple have died in the first one week of Jan­uary 2018, and this in­for­ma­tion has been con­firmed by the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs,” Delhi BJP pres­i­dent Manoj Ti­wari said. He also said that since De­cem­ber, over 250 home­less peo­ple have died.

Hit­ting out at the Chief Min­is­ter for pre­fer­ring the Ra­jya Sabha elec­tions and can­di­dates over the home­less, the BJP MP said, “If Ke­jri­wal would have taken more in­ter­est in the home­less in­stead of his Ra­jya Sabha can­di­dates, then we would not have heard about the deaths.”

The BJP leader also said: “Let's leave the blame game and do an all-party meet­ing on how to save lives of home­less in the city.” Ti­wari also said that when he got the news, he went to see the con­di­tions of the home­less in the city dur­ing nights.

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