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Citizens’ money… why is PM taking credit for free doses, asks Mamata Banerjee

“Why is the Prime Minister taking credit for free vaccines? Free vaccination is the right of all citizens, it is the citizens' money, not the BJP's," she said at a press conference.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: June 10, 2021 2:03:09 am
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (File)

DAYS AFTER Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre would provide free vaccines to states for inoculation of all above 18 years, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticised him for “taking credit” and said the decision should have been taken earlier.

“Why is the Prime Minister taking credit for free vaccines? Free vaccination is the right of all citizens, it is the citizens’ money, not the BJP’s,” she said at a press conference.

“Back in February, and multiple times thereafter, I’d written to the PM stating our longstanding demand to provide vaccines to all for free. Took him 4 months but after much pressure, he has finally listened to us and implemented what we’ve been asking all this while,” she also tweeted.

“The well-being of the people of India should’ve been prioritised since the very start of this pandemic. Unfortunately, this delayed decision by PM has already cost many lives. Hoping for a better managed #VaccinationDrive this time that focuses on people & not propaganda,” she tweeted.

“The central government is a failure in every sector. It should not take credit for free vaccination. The Prime Minister took the decision after the Supreme Court took the initiative. We have also filed an affidavit in the court,” said Banerjee.

“Before the Bihar elections, the government had promised free vaccine… what happened after that,” she said.

“The central government is taking GST on medical equipment required for Covid treatment. From Covid to farm laws, the entire country is bearing the brunt. We are not even aware of the exact Covid policy,” she said.

“We have vaccinated 20 million people so far. We haven’t received anything from the Prime Minister except speeches. We would just like to say that we want Modi to be removed,” she said.

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