Rahul Gandhi asks Modi to end vaccine shortage

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should end the “shortage” of COVID-19 vaccines, which should be available to every citizen, and not make excuses to distract from this important issue.

He said this after the prime minister in his “Mann Ki Baat” monthly radio address talked about ending vaccine hesitancy.

“The only thing to do is to end the shortage of vaccines. The rest are all excuses for diverting attention,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi using the hashtag “Mann ki Baat“.

“Just make the vaccine available to all fellow citizens. Then you can also say your “mann ki baat“,” he said in another tweet with hashtag “VaccinateIndia”.

Hitting back at the Congress leader, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan accused him of spreading “misconceptions, confusion and lies” about COVID-19 vaccines due to which many people were “putting their lives in danger” by refusing to take the doses.

“Shame on you Rahul Baba, it is prime minister Narendra Modi who is getting people vaccinated and not you. The prime minister is providing free vaccines to all the citizens of the country, and you are only spreading confusion. Due to your lies, many people refused to get vaccines,” Chouhan said on Twitter.

Urging people to shed their reservations about vaccines against coronavirus, PM Modi spoke to residents of Dulariya village in MP’s Betul district, and the chat was aired on “Mann Ki Baat” broadcast on Sunday.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji today spoke to the villagers in Dulariya village of Betul district who were not getting vaccinated due to confusion. Explained it to them in simple words and the villagers started taking the vaccine,” Chouhan said.