Kolkata: The central government on Tuesday called for a report from the West Bengal government on organizing fake Kovid-19 vaccination camps. Today Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed displeasure over this. Banerjee said that the state government has nothing to do with it. At the same time, he questioned whether there was any hand of BJP in organizing those camps.
< p style="text-align: justify;">Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written a letter to West Bengal Chief Secretary Krishna Dwivedi on June 29, seeking a factual report in the matter after the matter was pointed out by Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, Shubhendu Adhikari.
Several people have been arrested in Kolkata for organizing suspicious vaccination camps and giving fake vaccine doses, including a kingpin who masquerades as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.
Mamata’s allegations on BJP
Referring to the letter sent by the Health Ministry to her government, Mamata Banerjee claimed that such a letter was not sent when she was in the BJP office in Gujarat. Vaccine dose given.
He said,‘‘ In Gujarat, the dose of vaccine was given at the BJP office. How many letters were sent to him by the Health Ministry? How many tests were done? When the state is doing well, they are creating hurdles in it.’’
Mamata Banerjee fears BJP’s involvement in fake vaccination camp in Kolkata. He said, ‘‘What is the evidence that BJP is not behind this? BJP keeps the picture of Trinamool Congress (leaders).’’ BJP had shared a picture of Trinamool leaders with Devanjan Deb, the main accused in the fake vaccination camp.
Mamata Banerjee said that no interference should be made on the basis of photographs as they can be edited and such pictures can be used to run their business. He said that there may be pictures in which leaders of BJP and other parties are seen with Devanjan Deb.
Banerjee said, ‘‘Surely one day they will come out. Whoever is behind these activities, irrespective of political person’s affiliation, will be dealt with strictly.’’ He said that giving fake vaccines to people is worse than a terrorist incident.
Banerjee said, ‘‘ The vaccines given in the fake vaccination camp were antibiotics and not Kovid vaccines. We hope that those who have received these vaccines will not be harmed. The health department is monitoring his health and he will be vaccinated when the doctors give permission. It is the responsibility of the state government.’’