Bhubaneswar, June 23: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the opposition BJP crossed swords over the picture of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik alone being displayed in the hoardings and posters at the Covid-19 vaccination sites.
The BJP workers strongly protested lone picture of Patnaik at vaccination centres in Balasore, Koraput and Angul districts. Meanwhile, BJP MP Aparajita Sarangi has argued for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo and BJD MP Sasmit Patra has responded to it.
“Odisha failed to procure vaccines;it sought Central Govt’s support. Our PM @narendramodi has come to the rescue of @CMO_Odisha. Basic courtesy demands that PM Modi’s photos with CM’s photo are put up at all Vaccination points by State Govt. Height of insecurity & narrow mindedness,” said BJP MP on Twitter.
Rajya Sabha MP and BJD leader has replied to the saffron leader and said, “Hon’ble PM’s photo is there on every COVID vaccination certificate. While every party made an issue out of it, BJD never made it an issue or politics over it. You are an ex-bureaucrat. Vaccination in india has always been a national programme done by Central Government.”
“Whether its polio, BCG, measles, DPT, Hepatitis, Vitamin A. When did it become a State program, except now that it was forced upon the States & subsequently withdrawn. Hon’ble CM’s message has been put out across state calling for using Masks & COVID appropriate behaviour,” Patra said.
He further said, “It is nothing about vaccination. It is petty and shameful to do politics out of this. I am afraid you may be insecure about your political relevance and doing this narrow minded politics. However thanks for wearing masks off late.”