Row over BJP’s free vaccine promise to Bihar: Rahul asks voters to refer to election schedule

22 October, 2020 | Priyanka Sharma

Rahul Gandhi National

In a swipe at BJP over free vaccine promise to Bihar, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that the Centre has announced its Covid access strategy. He further advised everyone to refer to ...

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took a dig at the BJP over its promise that people in poll-bound Bihar will get vaccine against coronavirus free after it is cleared by ICMR and said the Centre has announced its COVID “access strategy” and that people in every state should refer to their election schedule to know when they will get the vaccine.

“GOI just announced India’s Covid access strategy. Kindly refer to the state-wise election schedule to know when will you get it, along with a hoard of false promises,” Gandhi said in a tweet. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday released its manifesto for three-phased Bihar elections and promised that after approval of coronavirus vaccine from ICMR, every person in the state will get vaccinated free of cost.

Three vaccines are in advanced stages of development in the country, out of which two are in Phase II and one is in Phase-III trials. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman released the party’s manifesto. “As soon as COVID-19 vaccine will be available for production at a mass scale every person in Bihar will get free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto,” Sitharaman said.

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Assembly elections in Bihar will be held on October 28, November 3 and 7 and the counting of votes will take place on November 10. BJP is fighting the polls in alliance with JD-U, Hindustani Awam Morcha and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP).

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