According to the BJP manifesto of the Bihar elections, the Union Finance Minister announced that if the BJP is elected to power it will provide free Covid -19 vaccination in the state. According to The Wire, at least two former chief election commissioners have said that this move is a violation of the model code of conduct for the elections. Opposition parties have slammed this move saying it is a “politicisation of the pandemic”.
After the announcement, BJP IT cell’s Amit Malviya tweeted, “Like all programs, Centre will provide vaccines to state at a nominal rate. It is for the state Govts to decide if they want to give it for free or otherwise. Health is a state subject, Bihar BJP has decided to give it free. Simple.”
After this announcement, the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh have also made a similar announcement of giving free Covid – 19 vaccines. More states are expected to follow suit.