Addressing a press conference, Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra defended the Delhi government, which is under fire over the spread of vector-borne diseases in the city, saying it has taken all the necessary steps including increasing the number of hospital beds.

He also sought to brazen it out on the issue of ministers missing in action by underlining the absence of Lt Governor Jung and North and South municipal bodies ‘from the city’.

"This is a criminal conspiracy against the people of Delhi. First the health secretary was transferred despite (Deputy CM) Manish Sisodia's request not to do so. Then the person who sat on the file of Chinese Manjha ban for six days was made the new Secretary.

"He refused to meet Health Minister Satyendar Jain time and again since being appointed. And then LG deliberately sent him on a leave of 15 days and himself disappeared. Where did he go?" Mishra asked.

Principal Health Secretary Chandraker Bharti is on leave till September 16. His leave was sanctioned by the LG office on September 6.

"No one knows where the mayors, councilors, the seven MPs and India's Health Minister are. Medicine was not sprayed, fogging was not undertaken. On our part, we have made arrangements for 1,000 beds, 256 clinics, have capped test rates," Mishra said.

Mishra is among the two ministers to be stationed in the city at this moment apart from Jain, who came back from poll-bound Goa earlier on Tuesday.

Latest News from State News Desk