Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP P Chidambaram on Wednesday slammed the Centre after a huge fall was reported in vaccine doses administered in the country on the second day of the free universal vaccination drive. On Monday, India had created a record with 90 lakh vaccinations, which dropped to 54.22 lakh on Tuesday.
Chidambaram tweeted: "Hoard on Sunday, vaccinate on Monday, and go back to limping on Tuesday. That is the secret behind the world “record” of vaccinations on a “single day”. I am sure the “feat” will find a place in the Guinness book of records!"
He added: "Who knows, there may be a Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to the Modi government. ‘Modi Hai, Mumkin Hai’ must now read ‘Modi Hai, Miracle Hai’."
The senior Congress leader also pointed at the massive drop in vaccination numbers in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Haryana and said: "Look at the numbers for MP, Karnataka and Haryana on Sunday to Tuesday. BJP governments pulling a rabbit out of a hat! Pure magic for a day! Watch UP and Gujarat numbers for a few more days." "I am appalled that eminent doctors attribute Monday’s record to "planning". The plan was to "doctor" the numbers on Monday," he added.
Now, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President JP Nadda has hit back at P Chidambaram. "India is not limping, but sprinting ahead powered by the strength of our citizens. After the record Monday, India has crossed 50 Lakh vaccinations on Tuesday and Wednesday, much to the dislike of the Congress Party," he tweeted.
"It is the Congress’ culture to attack Indians whenever India accomplishes a record. Also, it is ironical to hear about sanctity of numbers from a ‘Recounting Minister’ whose only claim to fame is dressing up numbers in the budget," he added.