The former chief minister and leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis claimed that BJP leader Prasad Lad went to Daman on behalf of the BJP and met the director of Bruck Pharma. He used their Central government to give the exporter permission to sell locally and then the BJP purchased the stock of Remdesivir from Bruck Pharma.
Saket Gokhale, a transparency activist tweeted in series while exposing the BJP stated that “Last night (Saturday), Vile Parle police station in Mumbai seized 4.75 crores worth of Remdesivir vials that were being secretly moved by a Gujarat company. Suddenly Devendra Fadnavis shows up at the police station late at night and says BJP ordered those vials from Daman & Gujarat.”
He further stated, “It is shameful that the Modi govt is throttling supplies of Remdesivir to Maharashtra Govt while sneakily allowing Fadnavis & BJP to distribute it through their party office. This is politics of the filthiest kind where BJP is playing with the lives of innocent people.”
Whereas NCP leader Nawab Malik said that, “If the vaccination certificates carry PM Narendra Modi’s photo, then the death certificates of the COVID victims should also carry his image.”
“He said it is sad & shocking that when the Government of Maharashtra asked the 16 export companies for Remdesivir, we were told that Central Government has asked them not to supply the medicine to Maharashtra. These companies were warned, if they did, their license will be cancelled,” Malik further added.
Formal Principal Secretary to Government of Maharashtra Mahesh Zagade questions Pharma companies, he said, “The Indian pharmaceutical industry is worth about Rs 3 lakh crore and benefits the members of OPPI, IDMA and AIOCD. Where are those institutions in this Corona crisis?”
Political parties are registered with the Election Commission, and not Charity Commissioner. It is illegal for a political party to buy drugs, medicines or any other articles for donation. The shroud of charity can easily be used to bribe citizens hence our Constitution and Representation of the People Act 1951 have explicitly stated that political parties cannot do charity.
“Devendra Fadnavis is openly stating that BJP bought Remdesivir for charity, hence immediate action must be taken against him, BJP and their office bearers for this illegal act. Secondly, seeing the cheap politics being played out by BJP against opposition states it is not beyond imagination that the purpose of buying this large quantity of stock was for hoarding and denying it to citizens. This act is tantamount to murder and we demand that the Chief Minister investigate this action fairly and publicly,” said AAP leader Preeti Sharma Menon.
“All TV channels have broadcasted videos of Devendra Fadnavis and other BJP leaders browbeating police officers and thwarting an investigation. Had any common citizen done that then they would be charged with IPC Section 353 and thrown behind bars.”
“Why were BJP leaders treated with so much deference while common citizens are threatened by the police. Earlier this year I tried to meet DCP Upadhyay, he made me wait, then his office demanded I leave my cell phone out and when I refused, he did not let me enter his office. I had complained to the Commissioner but no action was taken. But here BJP leaders are seen recording the meeting on their phones! Why does Mumbai Police not treat all citizens equally?” Menon further added.
“The AAP Mumbai team demands action be taken against BJP for indulging in hoarding and breaking the law by indulging in illegal charity”, said Preeti Sharma Menon.
“Fadnavis later claimed that the BJP bought that stock to distribute to people. How did a private individual like Fadnavis procure Remdesivir stock from Gujarat when the sale is allowed only to the government?” stated Menon.