THE GIST of Editorial for UPSC Exams : 18 June 2020 (United front in Delhi: On Kejriwal government-Centre camaraderie (The Hindu))

United front in Delhi: On Kejriwal government-Centre camaraderie(The Hindu)

Mains Paper 2:Polity
Prelims level: Not much
Mains level: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States


  • The new-found spirit of camaraderiebetween the Arvind Kejriwal-led government of Delhi and the BJP-led Centre has not come a moment too early.
  • Delhi is in the grip of the pandemic, and its response had been chaoticuntil recently.
  • The Centre and Mr. Kejriwal have had a long history of mutual hostility, affecting the city’s pandemic preparedness.
  • On March 4, there was just a single case. As of June 16, 44,688 positive cases and 1,837 deaths have been recorded.

Administrative inaction:

  • Meanwhile, complaints of denial of patient care, exploitative billing by private hospitals, and deliberate attempts to underreport cases and deaths have surfaced.
  • Whether there is community spread or not, in half of the cases, the infection source is unknown.
  • The national capital is staring at an even bleakersituation ahead, as cases are expected to cross 5.5 lakh by July-end.
  • All this was to be expected and in fact, the purpose of the national lockdown that continued for 10 weeks until June 7 was to prepare the health infrastructure for such a surge. Delhi failed in that task.
  • The pandemic has stretched the health-care system even in developed countries to a breaking point. Administrative inaction and personality clashes aggravated the situation in Delhi.


  • Home Minister Amit Shah and Mr. Kejriwal seem to have agreed on the need for enhanced cooperation between the governments.
  • Though a bit a late in the day, this could potentially lead to a more robustresponse by pooling in resources.
  • In the process, Mr. Kejriwal has .............................



Prelims Questions:

Q1. With reference to the Double-Stack Container Train in high-rise in Over Head Equipment (OHE) electrified territory, consider the following statements:
1. The Operations successfully commenced on 10th June from Palanpur and Botad stations in Gujarat.
2. This achievement is a first of its kind in the entire world and will also boost the ambitious mission of Green India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: .............................................


Mains Questions:
Q1. To combat with COVID-19 pandemic in ........................................