New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged BJP MP and former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir to help the AAP government in the national capital in sourcing personal protective equipment (PPE) kits for doctors and nurses who are engaged in fight against the dreadful coronavirus.

Soon after Gambhir pledged an additional allocation of Rs 50 lakh from his MPLAD fund to the Delhi government in its efforts to contain coronavirus, Kejriwal took it to twitter to sought the former cricketer's help.

"Gautam ji, thank you for your offer. The problem is not of money but availability of PPE kits. We would be grateful if you could help us get them from somewhere immediately, Delhi government will buy them. Thank you," Kejriwal tweeted.

This is not the first time when Gambhir and Kejriwal have exchanged words on twitter. Earlier too, the two leaders had exchanged barbs.

Gambhir on Monday had announced that he will Rs 50 lakh from his MPLAD fund to the Delhi government after Kejriwal and Sisodia sought central funds to fight coronavirus pandemic, saying it was the third most affected state in the country.

"It is stated by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia that funds are needed to meet the growing demand for medical equipment in several Delhi government schools," the 38-year-old BJP MP said in a letter to the Delhi Chief Minister.

"In addition to Rs 50 lakh which I had pledged two weeks ago, I would further like to pledge Rs 50 lakh from my MPLAD to your kind office with the hope that the said amount would be useful in procurement of equipment for medical staff as well as treatment of COVID-19 patients," he added.

According to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the novel coronavirus has affected over 503 people in Delhi and claimed the lives of seven so far.

The total cases include 320 people who took part in a religious congregation in the Nizamuddin area earlier in March, the Delhi government has said while adding that 18 have been discharged and one has migrated out of the country.

Earlier on Wednesday, Kejriwal in an online briefing had said 536 people were admitted to hospitals and 1,810 sent to quarantine facilities from the Nizamuddin area where the congregation took place. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma