MUMBAI: The Maharashtra unit of BJP on Wednesday said ‘propaganda’ by state federal government ministers versus Covid-19 vaccines was the factor behind the low turnout of front-line federal government and health workers for the vaccination.
BJP leader Ashish Shelar on Wednesday blamed the statements of ‘senior ministers’ in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government for the lack of interest among health care personnel to get immunized.
What we are seeing today is the result of declarations provided by senior ministers in the MVA government who had developed suspicions and doubts about the vaccine. This is the factor even today 4.5 lakh healthcare and front-line employees have not taken their vaccine,” stated Shelar, BJP’s primary whip in the Maharashtra assembly.Shelar stated Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and health minister Rajesh Tope ought to take action against these ministers for developing a story that is now harming the state. “The CM and health minister need to clarify on what they are going to do to ministers who have actually spread out propaganda, and phony details on the vaccines,” said Shelar.Shelar reminded Tope about how the latter had earlier claimed that the vaccines provided by the Centre were inadequate. “The state government first sobbed about how it is not getting vaccines as much as it required. Now, it is unable to even use the vaccines that were provided,” said the BJP leader.The BJP leader was describing declarations by Maharashtra ministers such as Nawab Malik who prior to the vaccine rollout wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be vaccinated initially. “There are doubts on individuals’s minds about the quality and effectiveness of the vaccine and thus the PM himself need to be vaccinated initially so that there would be no fear and doubts among individuals,” stated Malik in January.Meanwhile, with increasing Covid cases, the district administration in two of the impacted districts Amravati and Buldhana decided to enforce Area 144 to prevent crowds in public locations. The Amravati administration has actually imposed severe fines on those travelling without masks and likewise decided to hike fines for business establishments which are not observing social distancing procedures. For instance, hotels in Amravati would be fined Rs 25,000 if they are discovered to be having more than the stated variety of visitors.