Money isn't the Problem: Arvind Kejriwal on Gautam Gambhir's offer
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday pointed out to cricketer-turned-BJP MP Gautam Gambhir that the need of the hour for the capital is not funds to deal with the coronavirus outbreak but making protective gear available for those in the frontline in the fight the virus rapidly-spreading virus. The Chief Minister was responding to Mr Gambhir attack, saying his government has "massive egos" in not accepting an earlier offer for funds made by the BJP parliamentarian.
Mr Kejriwal and Mr Gambhir had an exchange on Twitter after the latter pledged an additional allocation of Rs 50 lakh from his MP funds to the Delhi government in its efforts to contain coronavirus. He hit out at the Arvind Kejriwal government for what he termed as "massive egos" in not accepting his offer for funds.
"CM @ArvindKejriwal & his Deputy say funds are needed. Though their massive egos didn't allow them to take 50 L from my LAD fund earlier, I pledge 50 L more so that innocents don't suffer. 1 crore would at least solve urgent need for masks & PPE kits for days Hope they prioritize Delhi," Gautam Gambhir tweeted.
In less than an hour, Mr Kejriwal responded to the East Delhi MP's attack, saying that his government is ready to buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if Mr Gambhir could help them in sourcing the kits.
Gautam ji, thank u for ur offer. The problem is not of money but availability of PPE kits. We wud be grateful if u cud help us get them from somewhere immediately, Del govt will buy them. Thank u. https://t.co/YtFP4MjYo3— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 6, 2020