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Bharatiya Janata Party aka BJP has promised free coronavirus vaccine in their manifesto for Bihar elections. But wait, the questions are :

“Is it right to politicize the pandemic which has effected the whole world, taken many lives and have put the entire world into depression, joblessness and economic struggle?”

Can vaccine for such pandemic be politicize and use as a weapon for election?

“Does the vaccine belong to some political party or to the country?”

“Will the opposition states, ruled by parties other than BJP, not get free coronavirus vaccine?”

“Is India going to witness major politics and profit-making propaganda behind the provision of this health necessity?”

While announcing the party’s manifesto titled ‘Paanch Sutra, Ek Lakshya, 11 Sankalp (Five threads, one goal, and 11 resolutions) at a press conference in Patna, Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister, promised to the people of the voting state that the saffron party will fulfill all its promise and will also work towards making the vaccine available as soon as it is discovered. She also guaranteed that every single person in the state will get free vaccination while reinforcing that the former is the first promise mentioned in the party’s poll manifesto. The COVID-19 vaccine will be produced in India on at a mass scale.

She was also seen quoting that “Bihar’s growth will be an integral part of India’s growth” and urged the people to extend their support to the party by voting for NDA chief ministerial candidate Nitish Kumar.

RJD did not make any delay in raising the concern and taking a swipe at the BJP for promising free COVID-19 vaccination in Bihar to lure people to vote for them. RJD tweeted from its social media handle that the vaccine does not belong to BJP but to the whole country.  Directly demeaning the politicization of such a necessity, the party’s tweet said “The political use of the vaccine shows that they have no choice but to sell their fear of disease and death. Bihari’s are self-respecting, they do not sell their children’s future for a small amount.”

If you carefully dissect this promise made by the ruling party in its election manifesto, you will find nothing but hunger for power. Every state in the country and every person in the state, whether ruled or not ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, has equal right to obtain free vaccination. A vaccine to this highly contagious virus is not an opportunity for the election contesting party to attract voters from the already anxious and pandemic affected citizens.

The pandemic and the subsequently imposed lockdowns have directly attacked the current health infrastructure and other necessary amenities. The way the people representatives have been using the pandemic problems as a measure to either throw dirt at the opposition party or to put their party above the other has not only affected the quality of remedial measures being implemented but also bestowed a feeling of distrust and skepticism in the minds of people against their government. And now this news of dragging the vaccination into the dirty political atmosphere has further scared people out of their wits. Being a reverent citizen of the Indian subcontinent, each individual is supposed to have an equal and adamant right over the medical treatment for the novel coronavirus despite the fact he votes for the ruling party or not.   

Amid the chaos, Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi tests Covid positive

Amid this whole political hustle and bustle, the latest update in sight is the coronavirus positive report of Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. On Thursday afternoon, he posted a tweet saying he has tested positive for the Covid-19.

Modi has been extensively campaigning over the past few days, campaigning for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections alongside the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other fellow party members.

What else is promised by the BJP in its manifesto for the Bihar poll?

The manifesto was released by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday with the following two points as the highlight apart from the free vaccination.

  1. The manifesto prepared this time seeks to reach out to the youth with the promise of 19 lakh jobs in the next five years,
  2. Farmers hold an important mention in the manifesto as the party assures of bringing lentils under the MSP regime.

Moreover, heavily emphasizing the trust and popularity enjoyed by the country’s Prime Minister as well as the party leader, Narendra Modi, Sitharaman carried on the BJP’s tagline- “BJP hai to bharosa hai”. She also stated that the people of this election sensitive state are highly aware and cannot be fobbed off with meaningless promises. The claims are compared to and valued against the actual work done and their track record is carefully analyzed, and this is where the BJP holds an edge in Bihar, she said. PM Modi has gained mass support by virtue of pro-people measures like the Jan Dhan scheme and the Ujjwala Yojana.

‘If only you had delivered’: Congress hit back for promising new jobs in the state. Again attacking the manifesto which mentioned providing 19 lakh jobs to the people of Bihar, Congress tweeted that If the party had delivered the 2 crore jobs which were promised earlier, then there would have been no need for fresh 19 lakh jobs in the first place.

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