BJP indulging in politics of dead bodies, Centre didn't give us a single paisa: AAP's Dilip Pandey
Right now our priority is to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, and not the arrests of anti-CAA protesters, AAP’s chief whip Dilip Kumar Pandey told Asiaville in an exclusive conversation.
Aam Aadmi Party senior leader and chief whip of the Delhi Assembly, Dilip Kumar Pandey, said in a conversation with Asiaville that no state government was prepared to fight the global pandemic. However, the AAP-led Delhi Government had done its best to contain COVID-19 and treat the patients.
He accused the BJP of indulging in the politics of dead bodies and said that the Centre had not given a single paisa to the Delhi government to fight the COVID outbreak.
When asked about why Delhi had failed to ramp up its health infrastructure the way Maharashtra did during the lockdown, he said, “The administrative conditions of Delhi and Mumbai are different. All the hospitals operating in Mumbai are under the state government. Unlike Mumbai, Delhi has three type of hospitals. One run by the Centre, the other run by the BJP-led civic bodies and rest by Delhi government.”
He emphasised that neither the Centre-run hospitals nor the MCD-run hospitals are catering to the crisis the way they should have.
The AAP government is set to acquire 20,000 beds in a week’s time. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has ordered the setting up of temporary COVID facilities at stadiums, banquet halls and nursing homes.
Pandey accused the Delhi BJP MPs and MLAs of not seeking financial aid for Delhi’s residents during this pandemic.
The chief whip of the Delhi Assembly defended his party, revealed the steps being taken to ramp up COVID facilities and health infrastructure, and explained why AAP wanted to reserve Delhi hospitals for the residents of the national capital.
Asiaville asked the AAP leader hard-hitting questions on the party’s strategy of staying silent during the Delhi riots and the arrests of anti-CAA protestors by the Delhi police in connection to the riot cases. Watch former AAP Delhi president Pandey’s responses to these questions.