New Delhi: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday took a swipe at the BJP for promising free COVID-19 vaccine in its Bihar poll manifesto, saying it shows the ruling party’s discriminatory nature. “Earlier it used to be – tum mujhe khoon do,main tumhe azadi dunga’ and now it’s tum mujhe vote do,hum tumhe vaccine denge”, said Raut, while speaking to reporters today. Also Read - Centre Treating Protesting Farmers Like 'Terrorists': Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut Hits Out at Ruling NDA
Upping the ante against the former ally, Raut further said, “Only those who vote for BJP will get the vaccine, it shows BJP’s discriminatory nature.” Also Read - BMC Might Move Supreme Court Against HC's Decision in Kangana Ranaut Property Demolition Case
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had attacked the BJP, saying one has to refer to the state-wise election schedule to know when one will have access to vaccine.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday released the BJP manifesto for the Bihar assembly polls which promised free COVID-19 vaccine once it has been cleared by the ICMR.
“GOI just announced India’s Covid access strategy. Kindly refer to the state-wise election schedule to know when you will get it, along with a hoard of false promises (sic),” Gandhi said on Twitter.
Taking pot shots at the BJP, Congress spokesperson Ragini Nayak said, “Even (PM Narendra) Modi ji does not know when the corona Vaccine will come… And, Nirmala Sitharaman has started distributing it for free.”
Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi also took a dig at the saffron party, saying that while the vaccine is yet to come, it has already become a part of poll rhetoric by the BJP.
“The vaccine is yet to come, but it has already become a part of poll ‘jumlas’ (rhetoric). Is the central government’s responsibility not equal towards people of all states?”
“Is the promise of a free COVID vaccine the same as the Rs 1.25 lakh crore package promised to the state in 2015,” she said on Twitter.