ABP Bihar E-Shikhar Sammelan: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad defended the poll promise of Bharatiya Janata Party of providing free vaccine of Covid-19 in Bihar, and said that the other state governments can also decide on a similar scheme when the rates of vaccine are set.
While speaking to ABP News in its flagship summit Shikhar Sammelan ahead of the Bihar Assembly Elections, Prasad said that healthcare getting mentioned in election manifesto is a revolutionary step and free vaccine promise shows the party’s commitment towards people’s health.
Several opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Sanjay Raut and others, labeled the BJP’s vaccine promise an election stunt.
When asked why BJP which is the ruling party at the centre does not announce such schemes for other states as well, Prasad said that it is for the state governments to decide whether they will incur the cost or not , all the states have the freedom to decide on free vaccines.
Prasad also asserted that Nitish Kumar will remain the Chief Minister of Bihar if NDA comes back to power again, he said as he refuted the statement of opposition leaders who claimed that BJP does not want Nitish to remain the CM in Bihar and is looking to stall its own Chief Minister.
Rejecting all such speculations, Prasad said that ‘Nitish Kumar is the CM and will remain the CM after NDA’s victory. BJP is a party that maintains relations, even after BJP got clear majority on 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it did not break ties with its allies and NDA was kept intact.