He credited the leader of Opposition in Delhi, Harsh Vardhan, for the eradication of polio in the country.
“As India becomes polio-free, we salute the innovative efforts of drharshvardhan (sic), who played a major role in this journey. A proud moment for India! We complete 3 years without a single case of polio & are on our way to being declared a polio-free nation,” Gujarat CM Narendra Modi tweeted, even as India declared itself a polio-free country for the third consecutive year on Monday.
It has been reported that the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been asked to be more aggressive in their responses to the AAP, so that the latter can be “exposed”.
Reached for comments on Modi’s praise for him, Harsh Vardhan said he was grateful for the praises that the Gujarat chief minister had showered on him. “I express my gratitude to Modiji for praising me,” he said.
Harsh Vardhan’s work for the eradication of polio was on of the BJP’s main poll plank in the 2013 Assembly elections.
Commenting on India being a polio-free nation, Harsh Vardhan said, “I am glad that the country is now eligible to get the certification of a polio-free country. It is great feeling of satisfaction as I worked for 20 years to make this happen. There was a time when people had lost all hope. But I said if people can get ballot paper, they can also get two drops of life (polio shots). I served on various international committees of polio eradication. I know India can do wonders with the health of the nation if there is a will. The story of polio eradication can encourage people to take up seemingly unattainable tasks.”
Meanwhile, the Congress was quick to attack the Bharatiya Janata Party for “cornering all the credit” for the eradication of polio in the country.
They claimed that work done by Congress leaders was the main reason that India had seen a decline in cases of polio.