The Opposition stays sceptical 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 coverage.
Senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh questioned each Mr. Reddy and Mr. Patnaik, asking why they might not pose the identical inquiries to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Though each Mr. Reddy’s YSR Congress and Mr. Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal declare they wish to preserve an equal distance from the Opposition and the ruling BJP, they’ve typically been discovered on the federal government’s aspect on essential points.
Mr. Reddy, in his letter written on Thursday, wrote that the scenario had come to “Centre vs State” and urged Chief Ministers to talk in a single voice.
Reacting to the letter, Mr. Ramesh tweeted, “All I ask Jagan is: who made the vaccine difficulty Union vs States? Who unilaterally determined the Union govt will abdicate vaccinating 18-44 12 months olds? Why weren’t states consulted earlier than this coverage was rolled out? Why don’t you ask the PM these questions?”
Mr. Patnaik, who wrote his letter on Wednesday, was extra guarded on the Centre’s function.
“The best choice he stated is for the federal government of India to centrally procure the vaccines and distribute it among the many states in order that our residents are vaccinated on the earliest,” he wrote, exhorting Chief Ministers to come back to a consensus on the difficulty.
Mr. Patnaik claimed that he has additionally written to Mr. Modi, however that letter was not made public, not like his letter to the Chief Ministers.
“It’s all very effectively for Odisha CM to write down to all CMs, however why can’t he write to PM & persuade him? In spite of everything, BJD has at all times supported BJP in Parliament for previous 7 years. A number of like-minded events have already written to PM earlier asking for procurement of vaccines by Union Govt,” Mr. Ramesh tweeted.