Mukul Sangma
Former Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma (File image)

Former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, in a series of tweets on Sunday, lashed out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his stern warning to private hospitals of Delhi regarding the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

“Hello Mr Kejriwal, Delhi is our national capital. COVID-19 outbreak is a” notified disaster; citizens stranded due to lockdown or infected with COVID-19 due to unrealistic & unscientific plan/strategy adopted by Govt are victims – refer Sec 35-39 DMA 2005. @ArvindKejriwal”, Sangma said in a tweet.

 

“The law cannot be used selectively by the government only to draw power for the authorities to restrict citizens’ normal activities but also comply with the provisions of the same law to act promptly to evacuate & provide relief to the victims of the disaster,” he wrote in another tweet.

“Sec 36 & Sec 39 – DMA 2005 refer to the responsibilities of Govt of India & State governments respectively in respect of evacuation; relief; rehabilitation & reconstruction of the affected victims of disaster,” the former Meghalaya CM further added.

Kejriwal on Saturday had said that Delhi government has decided to deploy health department officials in private hospitals to ensure availability of beds to each and every COVID-19 patient.

He further said that every hospital built on government land will have to treat COVID-19.

“The government will take strict action against hospitals that refuse to treat such patients,” the Delhi CM had further said.

Kejriwal also said that some of the private hospitals in New Delhi have indulged in the “black marketing of beds” during the pandemic.

“I want to warn them that such a hospital will not be spared,” Kejriwal had said.

Hours after Kejriwal’s warning, the Congress described him as a “helpless” chief minister and also accused him of misleading the people.

The Delhi Congress further said that Kejriwal should apologise to the people of Delhi.

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