‘Assam, Kerala, Puducherry…’: Opposition points at ‘poll link’ as PM Modi gets vaccine jab

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‘Assam, Kerala, Puducherry…’: Opposition points at ‘ballot hyperlink’ as PM Modi gets vaccine jab 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolution to take his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine triggered a political slugfest on Monday. Opposition events linked Modi’s apparel throughout inoculation and the affiliation of the nurses, to poll-bound states. 

Nurse P Niveda, who hails from Puducherry, administered Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN to the prime minister. In the picture posted by Modi on Twitter, Niveda and a second nurse from Kerala could be seen. The prime minister was sporting an Assamese ‘gamocha’ at the time of his vaccination at AIIMS in Delhi. He went to the hospital with none route restrictions and selected early morning hours to make sure that there was no inconvenience to folks. 

Senior Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury linked Modi’s “gamocha” to the upcoming meeting election in Assam, additionally highlighting that the nurses who administered the vaccine belonged to poll-bound Kerala and Puducherry. Elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and West Bengal, are set to be held in March and April.

“In PM’s inoculation visuals, there was ‘gamcha’ (Assam), and nurses who vaccinated him were from Kerala and Puducherry. Coincidentally, there are elections in these states. It would have been 5 states had he also carried Rishi Aurobindo’s photo and Geetanjali,” Chowdhury mentioned. 

Meanwhile, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi questioned the efficacy of Covishield, one of many two anti-coronavirus vaccines permitted by the DGCI for emergency use. Citing a authorities report, Owaisi claimed that Covishield is efficient for these between 18 and 64 years and it would not work for above 64. 

READ MORE: ‘Coincidence that PM Modi acquired Covaxin’: Owaisi raises questions over Covishield’s efficacy​

“Everybody in the country will have to take coronavirus vaccine be it Covishield or Covaxin. I have one question, the German government said that Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine which is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India… the data published on the website of AstraZeneca says that it is good for people between 18 and 64 years. It is not effective on those above 64,” he mentioned.

“It is a coincidence that PM Modi received a Covaxin shot. I want to request the government to clear the confusion,” the Hyderabad MP additional mentioned. 

Covaxin is the second vaccine that has been granted emergency use nod by the DGCI. Covaxin is a completely indigenous vaccine developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech.

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