Karnataka Congress takes a jab at BJP over Covid vaccine offer | Bengaluru News

by karwar

BENGALURU: The Karnataka Congress on Friday asked the Centre to promise free distribution of vaccine for Covid-19 after making sure it’s available.
“Promise of free vaccine is just election rhetoric with an eye on Bihar polls to mislead people. People should not get carried away unless clinical trials of the vaccine are successful,’’ said KPCC president DK Shivakumar.
He urged the BP-led Union government not to politicise the pandemic and vaccine since it’s a question of life and death. “Both the central and state governments are responsible for the spread of coronavirus and increasing mortality as they failed to provide enough beds and quality treatment. Now, they’re making false promises of giving the vaccine free of cost,” Shivakumar said at a poll rally in RR Nagar.
Opposition leader in the legislative assembly Siddaramaiah ridiculed the BJP, asking if Kannadigas would even get vaccines as there is no election in Karnataka. In a series of tweets, he questioned whether chief minister BS Yediyurappa would announce free vaccines for the people of the state to win bypolls.
“Kannadigas are waiting for the announcement of free vaccine by govt. Will @ BJP4Karnataka President assure on behalf of @narendramodi? Or will he conspire against @CMofKarnataka @BSYBJP to eventually promise in the election manifesto? #OpportunistBJP,” he added.
The BJP on Thursday released its manifesto for three-phase Bihar elections and promised that after approval of the vaccine, every person in the state would get vaccinated free of cost. Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman released the manifesto.
In Chikkamagaluru, BJP national general secretary and tourism minister CT Ravi said there is nothing wrong in promising free vaccine. “Political parties have promised free rice, free laptops, free education. What is wrong in promising free vaccine when it is the need of the hour?” he asked.
However, former minister and BJP MLC AH Vishwanath differed: “What if people do not vote for the saffron party? Will they not offer them free vaccine and allow them to die? This should not have been included in the poll manifesto considering its sensitivity,” he told reporters in Mysuru.

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