‘Reacted like BJP spokesperson’: Priyanka Chaturvedi on Centre’s response to Maharashtra Covid-19 vaccine crunch

A Centre versus Maharashtra conflict has ensued after Union well being minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday criticised the Maharashtra authorities and stated the state authorities was attempting to divert the eye from its mismanagement of the pandemic scenario by creating an uproar over the scarcity of Covid-19 vaccines.

The assertion of the well being minister ‘disturbed, saddened and disgusted’ Shiv Sena chief Priyanka Chaturvedi who issued a video reply saying that the assertion didn’t appear to be coming from the well being ministry of the nation, however from a BJP spokesperson, as a number of non-BJP-ruled states have been severely criticised within the assertion.

“It appeared he was attempting to hunt brownie factors attacking some states,” Chaturvedi stated.

Taking a step apart from the blame-game, Nationalist Congress Celebration chief Sharad Pawar stated the Centre is cooperating with the state authorities on this powerful time of the pandemic.

“All of us have to come back collectively and struggle this menace. State and Centre each have to come back collectively and discover out a option to struggle the pandemic,” Pawar stated.

After Maharashtra well being minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday stated the state’s vaccine inventory will final just for about three days and plenty of vaccine centres have been being pressured to return individuals, the Union well being minister stated that the claims have been baseless.

“The efficiency of Maharashtra authorities by way of vaccinating healthcare employees and frontline employees can also be not nice. It’s surprising to see how the state Authorities is placing Maharashtrians at risk by letting individuals escape institutional quarantine mandate for the sake of their private Vasuli. General, because the state has lurched from one disaster to a different, it appears as if the state management is fortunately sleeping on the wheels,” the well being minister stated in his assertion.

Citing figures, the Centre stated that Maharashtra was equipped with 1,06,19,190 vaccine doses. Out of this, 90,53,523 doses have been consumed, together with 6 per cent wastage. The state has 23 lakh vaccine doses whereas slightly over 7 lakh vaccination are within the speedy pipeline. “Central authorities replenishes extra vaccine than what is required for precise use,” Union minister Prakash Javadekar stated.

After Dr Vardhan issued the assertion on Thursday, former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union ministers Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar took to Twitter and missed no alternative to slam the Maharashtra authorities. “Well being Minister @drharshvardhan calls a spade a spade. Its time everybody focuses their energies on Covid administration and vaccination as an alternative of peddling falsehoods,” Smriti Irani tweeted.

NCP chief Jayant Patil on Thursday stated the letter circulated by the Union well being minister yesterday is simply hatred in the direction of Maharashtra.

“Maharashtra has acquired 85 lakh vaccines however the inhabitants of Maharashtra is 12.30 crore and the variety of energetic sufferers is approx 4.73 lakhs. However, Gujarat will get 80 lakh vaccines, its inhabitants is 6.50 crore and the variety of energetic sufferers is approx 17 thousand,” he wrote.

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