Delhi is in a complete and total mess. Yesterday, the rate of positives in Delhi soared to a terrifying 37%. This is worse than the worst that European countries faced during their peak.
Shockingly, Delhi is still doing just 5000 or so tests per day, which is obviously below capacity. We can easily see the result, with even powerful elites in Delhi unable to get tested.
The Central Govt today held meetings with the LG and yes … Delhi CM. The joker that the people of Delhi elected to screw themselves over.
Some immediate announcements include: doubling of test capacity, effective immediately. Tripling of test capacity within a week. Surveying and knocking on every door in a containment zone. Given the economic costs, there wont be a lockdown.
There was no more time. Some adults had to intervene in Delhi before the city and the country were completely screwed over.
First, we have to understand why Delhi is doing so miserably. All states in the country are reeling, some more than others. But there is one crucial difference in Delhi.
Every other Chief Minister is an actual politician. We love to hate politicians, but politicians are actually much better human beings than we think.
You know who is far worse? The NGO jhola brigade. This is the class that takes and takes, without ever giving any. Kejriwal belongs to this class of takers. They can only live off the land, they cannot contribute anything to it. Kejriwal can only take from Delhi, he can’t do anything for them.
The contrast between Mumbai and Delhi is significant. In Mumbai, they are at least trying. Did you see how they clamped down and flattened the curve in a place like Dharavi? That couldn’t have been easy.
It is not just about success or failure. That comes later. Mumbai has converted a dome into a hospital. Has Delhi even tried anything? Delhi CM hasn’t failed. He has done worse. He hasn’t tried.
Unfortunately, it is everyone’s headache now. We cannot let Delhi just spin out of control like this. The city state should have been put under President’s rule a long time ago.
At the moment, there are some political costs and risks associated with imposing Presidents rule. The city is in bad shape. The anti-BJP lobby would love for Delhi to be taken over by the Central govt right now. They could then blame all the failures on PM Modi. You know exactly how they would spin this. Kejriwal would love it too. He hates work.
At the same time, the risks of leaving Delhi to Kejriwal are just too big. He is still busy with his bed reservation gimmick and doing nothing.
There is a middle path and I suppose the Center is veering towards that. Don’t take formal charge of Delhi, but run it indirectly via the LG, appearing to consult Delhi CM for decorative purposes only. In case he objects to any decision and creates a nuisance, Delhi isn’t a full state and the LG can overrule all his demands.
What do you think? Should there be President rule in Delhi? Or can the city be left to Kejriwal? Or should there be “unofficial President rule” where the Central govt starts making all the decisions, without formally dismissing the Delhi govt?
Let me know.