As if the internal feud in the Samajwadi Party weren't enough, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday reportedly pulled the Akhilesh Yadav-led government for its failure to control the spread of dengue and chickengunia in the state.
Hearing a series of PILs blaming the state government for lying in slumber while number of deaths are taking place due to dengue and chickengunia, a bench of justice AP Shahi and justice DK Upadhyaya questioned the state on why it should not implement presidential rule in the state.
Sighting failure of health administration and deliberate inaction of health department, the court said that the state government has failed in its obligation to "provide citizens with health and sanitation facilities", and summoned Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar to appear in front of the bench on Thursday and clarify on how to correct the situation immediately, Dainik Jagran reported on Tuesday.
As per an NDTV report, on 17 October, the court had decided to form a committee look into the administrations failure to check on deaths due to dengue and chickengunia in the state, and had asked the state government to submit a fresh report on the toll of deaths caused by dengue on 25 October (Tuesday) and had also suggest names of the people it deems fit to be part of the expert committee.
The court, however, was not happy with its response, and warned the state government that its failure to check the situation will lead to implementation of constitution rules including Article 356 on the state. Unless the state government gets its act right, the high court also warned that it is going to record that there is complete constitutional failure in UP.
Updated Date: Oct 26, 2016 07:39 AM