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Politics on vaccination to divert people’s attention: Devendra Fadnavis

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The former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Devendra Fadnavis has alleged that corona vaccination is being politicised to divert the attention of the people from both the Maha Vikas Aghadi government and its mismanagement in various cases.

Corona and vaccination both are important issues in the state. But today there are no ventilators, no remedies, no oxygen, no simple beds and all these are under the jurisdiction of the state government. The state government is not fulfilling its responsibility. Vaccines coming from the central government will continue to come. However, not being able to provide even basic services can lead to dire situations. Fadnavis has raised the question of whether the Chief Minister and the Minister will pay attention to this.

Devendra Fadnavis spoke to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan over the phone and later said that only three states have received more than Rs 1 crore worth of vaccines. It consists of three states, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Gujarat and Rajasthan have the same population. The supply of vaccines is not based on population, so it is based on the performance of each state in vaccination.

“Maharashtra received 1.06 crore vaccines. The tweet was made by DGIPR on April 6. 91 lakh vaccines were used. That means 15 lakh vaccines are left. So, what is the reason for deliberately closing down the vaccination centre today and spreading false news about vaccines? In the states that have been given quotas today, as many vaccines are in the supply route (in the pipeline), the supply will be from 9 to 12 April. Maharashtra will again get an additional 19 lakh vaccines.”

Devendra Fadnavis said, “Uttar Pradesh is the largest state. They have received doses of 92 lakh vaccines. The state used 83 lakh doses and has a balance of 9 lakh vaccines. Haryana did not get many doses in the first pipeline. They are now receiving doses. The Union Minister has assured me that there will be no discrimination against Maharashtra and immediate supply based on performance.”

“Shri Sharad Pawar also called on Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and discussed the issue. The Union Health Minister informed him of the whole scenario and assured him. From the very first day of the battle against Corona, the Central Government has fought this battle with all the states and has given maximum assistance to Maharashtra. Even today, the central government is helping Maharashtra with utmost concern”, Fadnavis further added.

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