Opposition sceptical after Andhra, Odisha CMs write to counterparts against Centre’s vaccination policy
The Opposition remains dubious on letters written by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to fellow Chief Ministers criticising the Centre’s vaccination policy.
Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh questioned both Mr. Reddy and Mr. Patnaik, asking why they could not pose the same questions to PM Narendra Modi.
Although both Mr. Reddy’s YSR Congress and Mr. Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal claim they want to maintain an equal distance from the Opposition and the ruling NDA, they have often been found on the government’s side on critical issues.
Mr. Reddy, in his letter written on Thursday, wrote that the situation had come to “Centre vs State” and urged Chief Ministers to speak in one voice to PM.
Reacting to the letter, Mr. Ramesh tweeted, “All I ask Jagan is: who made the vaccine issue Union vs States? Who by there own decided the Union govt will abdicate vaccinating 18-44 year age group population? Why weren’t states consulted before this policy was rolled out? Why don’t you ask the PM these questions?”
“The best option he said is for the government of India to centrally procure the vaccines and distribute it among the states so that our citizens are vaccinated as soon as possible” he wrote, urging Chief Ministers to come to a consensus on the issue.
Mr. Patnaik claimed that he has also written to Mr. Modi, but that letter was not made public, unlike his letter to the Chief Minister which is already public.