New Delhi (NM Bureau): An political slugfest has begun between political parties over the unfortunate death of three kids in Delhi due to hunger. The starvation deaths which was reported widely in the national media lost its direction with all three major political parties in Delhi, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the BJP and the Congress blaming each other for the deaths.
While Delhi is ruled by AAP, the centre is in the hands of BJP and Congress is playing the role of the opposition in both places. While political parties fight over media, the real cause of the starvation deaths seems to be not investigated.
BJP members in Parliament attacked the AAP government alleging that a ration scam in Delhi was resulting in subsidised grains not reaching the poor.
Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia said the shocking incident was a result of the biggest failure of system and asked the Directorate of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) under the central government to submit details of concerned officials who had responsibility of keeping record of people living in the area and also fix their accountability.
The Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said the Centre has ordered an inquiry into the deaths. While the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has sought a report by from Delhi Police and the district administration in connection with the deaths.
Congress leader Deepender Hooda said both the Delhi government and the Union government were to be blamed for the deaths. Delhi Congress head Ajay Maken visited the area and said the incident raises several questions as to what happened to the 'Aam Aadmi canteen' announced by the AAP government.
The horrific deaths of three girls in the Mandawali area of Delhi has happened at a time when the per capita income of Rs 3.29 lakh is only second highest in the country and it is three times the national average. Three girls aged eight, four and two years, were brought to a hospital by their mother and a friend afternoon and the hospital authorities declared the hospital about their deaths. The postmortem report said that the girls died due to malnourishment and its complications. The girls were left behind at home for three days as their father was out in search of a job and the mother is reported to be not mentally stable. Police on Thursday formed teams to trace the father of the three girls as the issue resonated in Parliament.