Why Rahul Gandhi has not taken coronavirus vaccine? BJP attacks
New Delhi : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi and slammed vaccination drive in the nation which he claimed is happening at 'snail's speed.' Hitting back BJP questioned, "why has he not taken the vaccine yet?"
In a series of tweets, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed Rahul Gandhi for being 'ignorant' and trying to defame government's attempt to control coronavirus.
"India is not facing vaccine starvation but Shri Gandhi is facing attention starvation. Why has Rahul Gandhi not yet taken vaccine? Is it an oversight or he doesn't want it or has he already taken one in many of his undisclosed trips to foreign locations but doesn't want to disclose," Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted.
On the lines of reports claiming lack of vaccinations, Rahul Gandhi wondered in his letter whether vaccine exports were an "oversight" to gain publicity at the cost of citizens.
"Was the export of vaccines also an oversight, like many other decisions of the government, or an effort to garner publicity at the cost of our own citizens," he had said.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said that there is no shortage of vaccines; instead there is a shortage of commitment in the Congress-ruled states.
"Rahul Gandhi must know that shortage in Congress-ruled states is not of vaccines but of basic commitment towards health care. He should write letters to his party's governments to stop their vasooli (extortion) ventures and concentrate on administering the lakhs of vaccines they are sitting upon," the Union Minister and senior BJP leader wrote.
Responding to the Congress MP's demands like fast-tracking vaccine approvals, Mr Prasad said: "After failing as a part-time politician, has Rahul Gandhi switched to full time lobbying? First he lobbied for fighter plane companies by trying to derail India's acquisition programme. Now he is lobbying for pharma companies by asking for arbitrary approvals for foreign vaccines."
"Apart from vaccination, there needs to be adequate focus on testing, tracing and treating. Rahul Gandhi's problem is that he doesn't understand all this and his ignorance is compounded by his arrogance," the Minister added.