The absence of two top leaders of the government in the state has created public anguish in Delhi. Delhiites have denounced the AAP government for its irresponsible attitude. Cabinet Ministers Gopal Rai and Imran Hussain were also away, but later returned due to media pressure.

Delhi's Health Minister Satyendar Jain had earlier urged people not to panic over the spread of chikungunya and said that this disease rarely leads to death. Jain told the media that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government was not satisfied with the efforts undertaken by the BJP-controlled civic bodies to fight the breeding and spread of mosquitoes.

Speaking after holding a meeting with senior officials of his government and civic bodies, Jain said there was no need to panic over the spread of chikungunya and dengue in the capital. Jain's comments came amid reports that chikungunya had killed 10 people in the city.

The minister said he had visited 12 major hospitals in the capital and there were plenty of beds available for patients of vector-borne diseases. As a precaution, the leaves of doctors and other medical staff in all the Delhi government hospitals have been cancelled. "We are not satisfied with the fogging supposed to have been done by the North, South and East municipal corporations," Jain said.

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