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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Congress States flip flop on vaccination drive to wash its hands off its responsibilities

States where Congress is in power have been in power are now playing politics over vaccinations. Instead of taking responsibility for the drive, states have been playing blame games and doing flip flops just to target the centre. Only recently, Maharashtra Congress Chief Nana Patole spoke about centre mishandling the pandemic situation while his own state government, of which Congress is a part, has failed miserably.

Earlier, out-on-bail Congress MP had said that the Centre wouldn’t know the needs of each state and hence it should be left to the states to decide the best course of action as per their needs. Now, however, the tainted MP has done a complete u-turn and recently said in a TV interview that the Centre should’ve taken matters into its hands instead of allowing states to do what they like. Even on and off Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi had pointed fingers at the centre.

Instead of offering constructive inputs and ensuring that states work hand-in-hand with the centre at this time of great crisis, Congress has been resorting to politicking which is ultimately costing the citizens. Congress-ruled states were among the worst-performing ones.

Maharashtra and Delhi are among those that have been consistently seeing rising cases and shortages of medical supplies. Mismanagement by the respective state governments are largely responsible for the dire situation in these states.

A comparison of vaccination campaigns in the two neighbour states of Maharashtra and Gujarat will make it clear how the Thackeray government, of which Congress is a part, has failed miserably. Maharashtra is one of the few states that has received the highest supply of vaccines since vaccination began and continues to remain on top even today as far as vaccine supply is concerned.

Available figures show that Gujarat has a higher vaccination rate than Maharashtra. It also shows that they carried out the campaign in a very planned manner in the first phase of vaccination. Therefore, the number of Gujarati citizens who have received the second dose of vaccine is more than those in Maharashtra.

The Congress which has been doing flip flops regarding whether the vaccination drive should be centralized or decentralized, had earlier suggested that states should unionize to negotiate vaccine prices. OpIndia quotes P Chidambaram and says:

Chidambaram suggested that states should come together to reject the prices for the Covid-19 vaccines that have been set. He suggested that a price negotiation committee ought to be formed jointly by the states and a uniform price could be negotiated. He is basically asking state governments to unionise to haggle over vaccine prices.

Congress, its allies and states where they are in power have adopted a ‘blame the centre’ policy where whatever be the case they simply want to push the onus onto the centre and take no responsibility themselves. Politicking should be the last thing during these dire times and yet, opposition wants to use this as an opportunity to score brownie points and that too by constantly shifting the goalposts. This is a blatant attempt by the states to wash their hands off their responsibilities.

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