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Chikungunya attack: Jung asks Delhi’s deputy CM to return from foreign tour


New Delhi: In a latest brush between Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party and the  Centre’s representative,  Health Minister Satyendar Jain has hit out at Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for ordering Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to cut short his Finland visit and return to the national capital in view of massive incidence of  Chikungunya and dengue.

“The L-G should call me, I am health minister, not the Dy CM….Why can’t the L-G go with me to the hospitals to meet patients,” media reports quoted Jain as saying.

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The development comes at a time when Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is  away for surgery in Bengaluru and his deputy is in Finland on an ‘educational tour.

The opposition, specially the BJP, has bitterly criticised the Government for having both the CM and his deputy out of the city when the disease wreaks havoc in the national capital.

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Earlier in the day, reports quoted the LG office as saying that Jung had asked Sisodia to come back to Delhi immediately to take charge of the situation in the absence of the CM.

Sisodia responded on Twitter, saying, “Learning from across the world is not a sin. It’s a sin to defame an educational tour as a ‘holiday’. I’m in Finland. We need to learn a lot from their education system, the best in the world (sic).”

Sisodia is returning from Finland on Sunday, while Kejriwal is supposed to be back by September 22.

At least 20 people have died of Chikungunya and dengue so far in Delhi with more than 3,000 people being affected by mosquito-borne diseases.

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