BJP under fire for pledging free Covid vaccine in Bihar
October 22 2020 10:20 PM
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A promise of a free coronavirus vaccine for the people of Bihar in the election manifesto of the BJP has provoked criticism from the opposition in the state.
Manoj Jha, Rashtriya Janata Dal lawmaker and Rajya Sabha member, pointed out that coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic and it needs a collective effort from all sections to defeat it.
“The BJP is the first party in the world which announces distribution of free corona vaccines to one state. Vaccines will be discovered by pharmaceutical companies under the guidance of Indian Council of Medical Research but the Modi government wants to take credit for it,” Jha said, mocking the BJP’s claim.
“What kind of mindset do they have and who is their advisor? It is extremely shameful to take credit for it,” he said.
“Suppose a vaccine is discovered in India and I have great faith in our scientists working in the medical field. I want to say people of the entire country will have equal rights. We are one nation. Coronavirus is a challenge to humanity. But BJP has mentioned just one state in its manifesto,” Jha said.
“BJP in its manifesto is boasting that it would create 190,000 jobs if it comes to power. We have a clear vision and our leader has already said that 1mn jobs will be given in first Cabinet meeting. There are no ifs and buts in it. On the other hand, BJP is not giving any surety. BJP leaders and their manifesto only indicates uncertainty for people of Bihar,” Jha said.
The promise of 1mn jobs by RJD has rattled the JD-U and BJP.
Hence, many leaders including Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi questioned RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.
They claim that it is not realistic and just a poll gimmick to gain votes.
Jha pointed out that every department of the state government has adequate funds which the Nitish Kumar government has not utilised. “I believe they do not have any vision. We will use those funds to pay the salaries of employees,” he added.
Meanwhile, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad yesterday slammed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi while referring to a cartoon uploaded from his twitter handle.
“People have given many opportunities to you but you have only deceived them,” he said.
In the cartoon, Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi can be seen urging voters to give them one more chance and the public saying: “how many more you need?”
Four days back, Lalu Prasad had taken another jibe at the Nitish Kumar government in a similar Twitter post in which the chief minister had tried to make an excuse of the fact that Bihar is not a maritime state and hence misses out on trade and commerce.
He also suggested that Nitish Kumar should retire and call it quits as he has toiled enough.



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