“We will protest against the central government’s attempt to politicise a serious issue of shortage of vaccine doses by banging of thalis (plates) and ringing of bells outside those vaccination centres that had to be shut due to the non-availability of doses,” Patole said.
Beating of plates and ringing of bells was part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s appeal to the people last year to display the country’s collective resolve to defeat COVID-19 and to express gratitude towards the health workers and the frontline staff risking their lives during the pandemic.
Patole said there is no option but to vaccinate people to keep them safe from the virus.
“Maharashtra is leading among other states in the vaccination drive, but the Centre is not providing enough doses,” he said.
Patole said there is enough production of vaccine doses in the country, but instead of allotting them to Maharashtra, the vaccines are being exported to other countries, including Pakistan, free of cost.
He alleged that the BJP-ruled Gujarat has less number of COVID-19 active cases and its population is also less than that of Maharashtra, but the supply of vaccines to that is more.
Patole accused the Centre of deliberately trying to corner the opposition-ruled states to put the blame of coronavirus management on them.
“The state Congress’s agitation outside the closed vaccination centres will continue till the vaccine supply is adequate,” he added.