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Controversy erupts over ‘at-home vaccination service’ for BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya

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Known for her controversial statements, Bhopal BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur found herself in a fresh controversy after a video of the parliamentarian taking the COVID-19 vaccine at home went viral.

The state Congress has launched an attack on the parliamentarian for availing the special treatment when even Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan went to hospitals to get vaccinated.

Congress attacks Sadhvi Pragya

Congress spokesperson Narendra Saluja said, “Our Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur, who was only a few days ago playing basketball and dancing to the beats of a dhol, had a team over to her house to vaccinate her? When all BJP leaders, from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan, went to hospitals for their shot, why the exception for her.”

Govt’s justification

The state government has tried to play down the controversy, saying that Thakur is entitled to home vaccination under special rules for the elderly and disabled. State immunization officer Santosh Shukla said, “It is as per the policy, elderly and disabled will be vaccinated near to their homes, so rules were not violated in giving her the first dose of vaccine.”

Contrast

While the state government is justifying ‘vaccination at home’ for the BJP parliamentarian, long queues are being witnessed outside vaccination centres in the state, with many yet to get vaccinated. According to the health ministry’s latest data, over 39.53 crore doses of the vaccines have been already administered in the country of which 31.61 crore are first doses. Only 7.92 crore people have so far completed their vaccination.

As far as Madhya Pradesh is concerned, over 2.5 crore people have been vaccinated so far. Of it, 2.10 crore are first doses and only 39.86 lakh people in the state have taken the second dose of the vaccines.

 

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