Bihar Assembly election: Slugfest over BJP’s free Covid-19 vaccine promise

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Opposition groups on Thursday criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for pledging free Covid-19 vaccine in its Bihar election manifesto even because the ruling social gathering defended the proceed and stated it was nicely inside its rights to vow higher public health providers.

The announcement appear at a press convention addressed by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, roughly every week before the state goes to the polls on October 28, adopted by November three and seven.

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Former Congress social gathering chief Rahul Gandhi attacked the BJP for linking electoral politics to Covid-19 healthcare. “GOI (government of India) just announced India’s Covid access strategy,” Gandhi wrote on Twitter. “Kindly refer to the state-wise election schedule to know when will you get it, along with a hoard of false promises.”

The Congress social gathering stated the BJP was politicising healthcare for petty electoral politics. “Is the FM suggesting that citizens from other states will have to pay for the vaccine? Is the BJP govt going to make Indian citizens pay to save their lives?,” the social gathering tweeted.

The BJP’s electoral rival, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), additionally took up the problem. “Corona vaccine belongs to the country, not the BJP! The political use of the vaccine shows that they have no choice but to sell the fear of disease and death! Bihari is self-respecting, does not sell his children’s future in a small amount,” the social gathering stated.

Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi known as the govt’s resolution “immoral”. “Shouldn’t the COVID vaccine be a part of universal immunisation programme? Will vaccines be decided basis of election going states, BJP, non-BJP governed states? To make this an election related issue over a humanitarian crisis is highly immoral and unethical,” Chaturvedi wrote on Twitter.

CPI(M) basic secretary Sitaram Yechury known as the choice a braze violation of the model code of conduct.

National Conference’s Omar Abdullah slammed the “blatant populism” of the govt.

“Will @BJP4India be paying for these vaccines from the party treasury? If it’s coming from the government treasury then how can Bihar get free vaccines while the rest of the country has to pay?” Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

The BJP defended the choice.

“The vaccine will be free for all Biharis no matter who they vote for,” stated BJP MP and Bihar-in-charge Bhupender Yadav.

“All parties issue manifestos. Vaccines will be made available to all Indians at nominal costs. States can make it free. In Bihar, we will,” he added.

“BJP’s manifesto promises free Covid vaccine. Like all programs, center will provide vaccines to states at a nominal rate. It is for the state Govts to decide if they want to give it free or otherwise. Health being a state subject, Bihar BJP has decided to give it free. Simple,” stated Amit Malviya.

[Attribution HT]

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