Politics over vaccine gains momentum in Mumbai amid acute shortage

“What BMC and Shiv Sena couldn’t do, the BJP has managed for you… welcome your leader who’s arranged the vaccines for you,” an announcement was made at a vaccination camp in Mumbai minutes earlier than the BJP chief made a grand entry along with his supporters.

The celebration supporters greeted him with applause. The individuals on the registration space have been then informed to maintain Rs 1,000 (price of the vaccine) prepared. The chief then inspected the realm and headed to make a brief speech contained in the vaccination centre.

At a time when there may be an acute shortage of Covid vaccines, politicians try their finest to realize the highlight from personal vaccination drives in town and adjoining cities.

The individuals’s representatives are both instantly tying up with the personal hospitals or they’re facilitating the tie-ups between hospitals and housing societies. And with BMC elections not far away the general public service drive of the netas is just gaining momentum.

While the central authorities guidelines don’t permit political events to tie up with personal hospitals instantly, these vaccine camps are being registered beneath an MoU between hospitals and housing societies.

On June 4, BJP chief Atul Bhatkhalkar organised a vaccination camp in the suburban space of Malad in Mumbai. An announcement from the chief mentioned the vaccination camp could be organised in his total constituency, and it goals to vaccinate a thousand individuals a day.

Talking to India Today TV, BJP chief Atul Bhatkhalkar mentioned the state authorities has failed the residents and therefore the BJP needed to step in on the essential hour.

“The central government is conducting the vaccination drive for the all above 45 years. It is going smoothly. The state government had to vaccinate the 18-45 age group but it has failed… we will be organising a big protest against the state government now,” he mentioned.

In the Oshiwara space of Mumbai, it’s the Shiv Sena which has put up its hoarding exterior a BMC dispensary promoting vaccination of 18-44 age group. Shiv Sena chief from this space Rajul Patel blames the BJP and the central authorities for the present shortage.

“Whenever we get the vaccine we give it for free to all the people. But the central government doesn’t give us the vaccine. They are giving to the private companies but not to the state. It’s the BJP that is responsible for this mess. We are there to help the citizens in this crisis,” Rajul Patel mentioned.


In the Navi Mumbai space, a BJP chief on June 3 introduced free vaccination for the 18-44 years age group in ward quantity 64 (he’s mentioned to struggle company election from this space). The registration kind has his picture together with that of senior BJP chief Ganesh Naik and the celebration emblem. This transfer has now develop into the speak of the city.

Aam Aadmi Party chief Sulochana Sivananda questioned the selective vaccine drives of the BJP. “I heard that a free vaccine drive was being conducted in ward 64 by Ganesh Naik. But I want to ask why only one ward. Why not the entire Navi Mumbai. Everyone needs vaccines. Ward 64 has high-class people and they are getting free vaccines. My ward 60 has many poor families. So we request that BJP should continue free drive for all the wards and even adjoining areas.”


Twenty-five-year-old Disha Zatakia from Kandivali is relieved as she lastly bought the Covid vaccine. “It is a good thing that we are able to get the vaccine now. I had been trying for so long but was not able to get the vaccine. I realise that political leaders are tying up with private hospitals but as long as I am getting the vaccine I am fine with it. I am paid Rs 1,000 and I feel safe now. My family too feels happy with this arrangement.”

Diya Mehta, a 19-year-old from Malad, mentioned she was getting panicked as she was not having the ability to get the vaccine however is blissful that she lastly managed to get one. “See it doesn’t matter whether a political leader is putting up a hoarding or organising the event. We are getting the vaccine, that’s important.”

Diya’s father Amish Mehta added, “There are talks that a third wave will come. So we are worried about our kids. Earlier we tried but couldn’t get the registration and then it stopped in government facilities so this facility was appreciated.”


Meanwhile, BMC commissioner has ordered the assorted wards to arrange a report of the vaccination centres the place native netas have put up political hoardings. The ward officer will now be writing to the native leaders and requesting them personally as properly to take away all political ads.

An order by the BMC has banned placing up of political hoardings and banners exterior the vaccination centres.

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