Mamata Banerjee announces free COVID-19 vaccine for people of Bengal; BJP calls it ‘bogus claim’
First Published Jan 11, 2021, 9:28 AM IST
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced that her government free COVID-19 vaccine for all citizens of the state. The BJP, however, has hit back saying that the Mamata Banerjee was making false claims.
In an open letter, Mamata Banerjee wrote to all health workers of West Bengal that the state government is making arrangements to facilitate the administration of COVID-19 vaccine to all the people of state without any cost.
The BJP questioned Mamata Banerjee's claims. BJP's IT cell chief Amit Malviya tweeted, “Why Mamata Banerjee is rushing to take credit when the Centre has already announced free priority vaccination for 3 crore frontline workers across the country?”
“It doesn't stop at the CM making bogus claim that her government is providing free COVID vaccine to all frontline workers. Shamelessness has no limit, “the tweet reads further.
According to some estimates, Bengal has a population of 10 crore and the cost to the exchequer for free vaccination may be as much as ₹ 5000 crore.
BJP leader Dilip Ghosh said, "We have seen this before. Central schemes for housing or toilets are given another name by the state and passed off as its own. They will now try to do the same with the vaccine."
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