Delhi stinks, its politicians rotten

Rotted cherries on the stink-pile in all this are the Sambit Patras of the BJP, and the cry-baby, Ashutosh of the AAP.



Published: Mon 15 Jun 2015, 10:20 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:50 PM

As if the heat wasn’t bad enough. Over the weekend — before the strike got called off — TV anchors reporting from India’s capital, wore green surgical masks and earnestly reported about the 15,000 tones of waste, and 12,000 sanitation workers on strike to protest not being paid. The collective salary backlog of the workers was Rs4.93 billion. Those funds have now been ‘released’.

Who could blame the poor workers — or soldiers, as Rahul Gandhi (RaGa) has called them? Why would anyone clean up putrefying semi-solid meats and rotting vegetables and God knows what other household waste for free? As if the heat wasn’t bad enough. Last week one had to contend with piles of garbage flooding the streets for 12 days. Whether anyone fainted, we don’t know. But there was a typhoid scare, a cholera scare… rats were seen. It wasn’t a picnic spot.

Compassion for the workers apart — with RG on his garbage tourism trip leading the charge — let’s spare a thought for the residents and commuters.

Imagine being stuck in traffic for 45 minutes, in summer that too at Pandav Nagar in East Delhi. Or near the Akshardham temple metro station, or near Radhu Palace, or near Chacha Nehru child hospital at Geeta Colony in East Delhi. Puns about stinks can’t be avoided when you’re talking about 2,000 to 2,200 metric tonnes of garbage daily generated and not cleared. Worse! Imagine not having a kerchief in hand, to plug your nostrils.

Rotted cherries on the stink-pile in all this are the Sambit Patras of the BJP, and the cry-baby, Ashutosh of the AAP going at each other’s throats saying you pick it up, no ‘YOU’ pick it up. That RaGa should emerge the saviour in the saga is the other thing that smells like 12-day-old fish.


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