Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut took a dig at the BJP over its manifesto for Bihar elections where the saffron party announced that the people of the state will get free COVID-19 vaccine.
On Friday (October 23), talking to reporters, Raut said earlier it was “tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe azadi dunga’ (give me blood and I will give freedom) and now it’s – ‘tum mujhe vote do,hum tumhe vaccine denge’ (give me vote I will give you vaccine). Only those who vote for BJP will get vaccine, it shows BJP’s discriminatory nature.”
Raut was referring to freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s iconic speech of ‘give me blood…’ in 1944 in Burma.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Thursday, announced the ruling party’s manifesto and said, “As soon as a COVID-19 vaccine is available for production at a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto.”
The BJP faced questions from opposition parties over its vaccine promise.
“GOI just announced India’s Covid access strategy. Kindly refer to the state-wise election schedule to know when will you get it, along with a hoard of false promises,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) asked in tweet, “What about non-BJP ruled states? Indians who didn’t vote BJP will not get free Covid vaccine?”