BJP-ruled states favoured in COVID-19 Management: Shiv Sena

New Delhi, December 03 (KMS): Members of the opposition in Lok Sabha, during a discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic and various aspects related to it in India, said that the Modi government was favouring BJP-ruled States in allocation of vaccines.

Initiating the debate, under Rule 193, Shiv Sena member Vinayak Raut lamented that Parliament was discussing the issue 21 months after the outbreak of the disease and at a time when cases were on the decline.

On COVID-19 vaccination, Raut accused the central government of allocating vaccine doses to BJP-ruled States in excess and at the cost of non-BJP ruled States, reports Indian media.

“The Prime Minister’s responsibility is for the entire 130 crore population. It should not be so that you look at Maharashtra with a sly glance, help Gujarat in good measure and make maximum allocations to Uttar Pradesh because it is going to polls. Allocations should be made on the basis of the population,” the Sena leader said.

Only a third of Indians have received both doses of the vaccine so far, said Vinayak Raut urging the Indian government that there should be specific guidelines on the new Omicron variant and demanded close co-ordination among State governments and New Delhi.

“There should be clarity in the Centre’s directives on Omicron,” the Lok Sabha member from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg in Maharashtra said.

Hitting out at the government, Raut claimed that the amount of vaccine doses supplied to different states was not according to their respective population, and that if the government had ramped up production of Covaxin, which has a gap of only 28 days between doses, India would have seen faster, higher rates of vaccinations.

He also described as “premature” the celebrations in India over crossing the 100 crore milestone in COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Till date, only 38% of the population has received both the doses of vaccines. Should we be satisfied with this? We cannot launch premature celebrations for 100 crore doses,” Raut said.