BSP chief Mayawati, while welcoming the COVID-19 inoculation drive beginning Saturday, requested the Centre to provide the vaccine for free to the common man. She said if that does not happen, then the respective state governments should ensure that people get the vaccine for free. She said if her party comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, then it will ensure that everyone gets tot coronavirus vaccine for free. According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers, and around two crore frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities. Watch the full video for more details.
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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has launched a book in the national capital. She launched the book on the occasion of her 65th birthday on January 15. The book is written in two languages-English and Hindi. Book titled- 'A travelogue of my struggle-ridden life and BSP movement' in English and 'Mere sangharshmay jeewan evam BSP movement ka safarnaama' in Hindi were launched.
BJP workers celebrated the launch of the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive in Mumbai. They burnt effigy of coronavirus in Ghatkopar area to celebrate the vaccine drive. The mega COVID-19 vaccination drive began in India on Jan 16
The Congress proposed that the TMC should merge with it instead to put up a united fight against the BJP. The BJP, which has emerged as a potent force in the state, said the TMC's suggestion amounted to admission that it was not in a position to take on the saffron party on its own in the assembly polls in West Bengal due in April-May. "If the Left Front and the Congress are genuinely anti-BJP, they should rally behind Mamata Banerjee in her fight against the communal and divisive politics of the saffron party," senior TMC MP Sougata Roy said. Reacting to the TMC's proposal, state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury blamed the West Bengal's ruling party for the growth of the BJP in the state. "We are not interested in aligning with the TMC. Why is the TMC now interested in an alliance with us after poaching our MLAs over the last 10 years. If Mamata Banerjee is in keen on fighting the BJP, then she should join the Congress as it is the only pan-India platform to fight against communalism," he said. Watch the full video for more details.
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During press conference on January 04, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said, "We want to know when the poor will get the vaccine? I would like to ask BJP that how long will it take them to give vaccine to the poor and whether it will be free or not? I or the Samajwadi Party never questioned the experts, researchers or scientists. If there are suspicions or some doubts, it is government's responsibility to clarify." Earlier, Akhilesh Yadav had stated that he will not get vaccinated by COVID-19 vaccine because he doesn't trust BJP's vaccine. His statement then, sparked controversy.
On the day that the Drug Controller General of India announced the approval of two vaccines for Covid-19, a war of words between the government and the Opposition intensified. Congress leaders also raised questions after Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. While Shashi Tharoor said that made-in-India Covaxin's approval was 'premature', Jairam Ramesh said protocols on phase 3 trials were modified for the same. Earlier, Akhilesh Yadav had said that he doesn't trust 'BJP's vaccine'. Union minister Hardeep Puri, and Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra countered the opposition. Watch the full video for more.
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Speaking to media in the national capital on January 15, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati spoke on occasion of her 65th birthday. Mayawati said, "BSP will not forge any alliance with any political party for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand." "The party will contest the elections in all Assembly constituencies on its own," she added.
Congress leader Manish Tewari alleged that the union government has 'politically misused pandemic in its entirety'. Tewari also slammed the Centre over the grant of approval to Bharat Biotech's Covid vaccine. The congress leader, however, did not name the Hyderabad-based company. On Sunday, DCGI approved the Oxford University-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for restricted emergency use. Many other opposition leaders including Jairam Ramesh, Shashi Tharoor and Akhilesh Yadav have voiced against the approval to Bharat Biotech's vaccine. Amid the political slugfest, Bharat Biotech chairperson and managing director, Krishna Ella, hit out at the critics. The company also asked for a weeks' time to prove its efficacy with evidence.
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