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After slugfest AAP’s Mishra urges BJP, L-G to join fight against chikungunya

A day after the blame game between AAP and BJP leaders over the spread of chikungunya in Delhi, water minister Kapil Mishra urged BJP leaders to join hands.

delhi Updated: Sep 14, 2016 16:42 IST

A day after blaming L-G Najeeb Jung and civic bodies for spread of chikungunya, Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra urged them to join his ‘One Delhi’ campaign and fight the disease together.(Ajay Aggarwal/ HT Photo)

Delhi’s water minister Kapil Mishra on Wednesday urged BJP leaders to join hands to fight the spread of chikungunya in the national capital that has claimed seven lives so far.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Mishra tweeted, “Let us fight the mosquito-borne diseases together. We seven MPs and 70 MLAs can fight the disease together.” Mishra’s tweet came a day after AAP and BJP leaders slugged it out in a blame game over the spread of chikungunya in New Delhi.

Warming up to other stakeholders in an unexpected move, Mishra tweeted that Delhi government, municipal corporations, office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Centre should “break the walls” and work for ‘One Delhi’. Mishra, who was the only Delhi minister present in the city on Tuesday, also wrote an open letter urging Congress, BJP, media and his own party workers to work together to prevent the disease from spreading.

Mishra met east Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday morning and tweeted a photograph of his with the singer-turned-politician offering to go for fogging together in Sonia Vihar.

Tiwari also tweeted thanking Mishra and said , “Delhi needs unity at this moment.”

Mishra also thanked the BJP MP from north-west Delhi Udit Raj for agreeing to join his #OneDelhi campaign and tweeted that Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta, was out of India with family.

The AAP government has been at the loggerheads with the Centre and BJP-run civic bodies in Delhi. An all-out verbal war had broken out between the BJP and AAP leaders on Tuesday over the spread of dengue and chikungunya. While the BJP accused the Delhi government of sheer negligence, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party slammed the Centre for becoming an impediment.

Mishra had also accused L-G Najeeb Jung of hatching a‘ criminal conspiracy’ against city residents. He had said that Jung “deliberately sent” the Delhi health secretary on 15-day leave even as he (L-G) himself left on a personal trip abroad.

In reply, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli hit out at Kejriwal for being in Bengaluru for a throat surgery. Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain was also in Goa for party work but returned on Tuesday evening.