Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stirred a controversy by televising his interaction with the Prime Minister; these interactions come under the purview of official protocol which mandates privacy and confidentiality. While all other Chief Ministers in the meeting adhered to the official protocol and rules of the book, Arvind Kejriwal, was caught red-faced when the PM himself pointed out how rules were being flouted at by the CM himself; Mr Kejriwal then on feigned ignorance about the norms and rules.
In the televised part, the Delhi CM can be seen putting all the onus of shortage in medical Oxygen supply within Delhi on the Central Government. His argument was to the tune, that his responsibility was limited to forwarding SOS calls by hospitals, which by the way, are public knowledge and directed to the Central Government anyway.
His false allegations deserved a factual reply. But unlike Arvind Kejriwal, the Central Government has stuck to protocol of the official meeting. So those replies are not televised or public knowledge.
Nevertheless, with Arvind Kejriwal passing the entire responsibility of supply of medical Oxygen to the Central government, promises made by him a few months back need to be revisited; at one instance he was seen claiming credit for “streamlining” Oxygen supply to Delhi.
In June 2020, the AAP Government had promised that it will provide Oxygen facility to each bed in all COVID-19 hospitals!
In the same month, AAP had claimed that there is absolutely no problem in medical Oxygen supply. It was just a phone call away for Delhi residents.
In August 2020, CM Arvind Kejriwal went on to claim that with the efforts of his Government medical Oxygen was available to the people of Delhi in their home itself!
Not just confined to Delhi, in August 2020, the Aam Aadmi Party had promised that it will establish Oxygen check-up centres in several parts of the country.
If the Delhi government had executed such an elaborate arrangement in 2020 itself, there is no way that the present crisis would have played out the way it has. If the CM’s plan and promises are anything to go by, private suppliers should have been a part of a well-oiled process to supply medical oxygen in any part of the National Capital. Alas, it was not to be!
But as facts have proven in our earlier article, CM Arvind Kejriwal and his government were grossly ill-prepared to face and fight the ensuing pandemic apart from tweeting and shifting all the responsibility to the Centre.