Aim not to save vax, but lives: Delhi CM hits back at Manohar Lal Khattar | Delhi News


NEW DELHI: Retorting to Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s comment that the national capital was exhausting its vaccines too soon, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that he aimed to save people’s lives, not vaccines.
Khattar had accused Kejriwal of playing politics over inoculation, while claiming that Delhi was receiving more vaccines than other states. He further stated that Kejriwal was “doing drama” by saying that all the city’s inoculation centres were going to be closed because of lack of vaccines.
“You are getting more vaccines than the other states. Even we can administer two lakh jabs in one day and exhaust our stock. But we know how much stock we are getting. If we keep administering 50,000-60,000 doses to people daily, our work will keep going on,” CM Khattar had said.
In response, Kejriwal tweeted on Monday: “Khattar Sahib, only vaccines can save people’s lives. The sooner they are administered a vaccine, the more people will be safe. My aim is not to save the vaccine, but to save people’s lives (sic).”
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said even BJP president JP Nadda had made condemnable statements. “Every time CM Arvind Kejriwal begins work towards helping people and managing the Covid-19 crisis, BJP functionaries, instead of following the lead, start attacking him and try to stop his good efforts,” he added.
“To hide their own failures in Covid management, BJP functionaries keep making false statements. When the nation was reeling due to a high number of Covid-19 cases and needed immediate help, the BJP government was more interested in managing their image and conducting elections. Kejriwal wants to vaccinate all citizens before the third wave. Instead of following suit, BJP functionaries are making false and deplorable statements,” said Sisodia.
Reacting to Sisodia’s comments, Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta said, “It’s sad to see Delhi government and AAP doing insensitive politics. Nobody is stopping the state government from demanding vaccines for Delhi, but they should stop playing with the sentiments of people with two-faced politics.”
“When it was time to talk to Indian vaccine manufacturers, AAP functionaries were busy criticising the Centre. After failing to arrange for vaccines, they are playing politics of confrontation with private hospitals by questioning their quota. Despite AAP raising questions on the vaccine quota, the CM and his ministers are inaugurating vaccination camps of private hospitals,” added Gupta.
In a statement, AAP said, “It’s appalling that every day BJP leaders indulge in abusing CM Arvind Kejriwal even in this hour of crisis rather than working for the people. What is the crime of the CM? That he asked for oxygen when there was a shortage in Delhi? The CM is now asking for vaccines. Is it a crime to ask for vaccines? All BJP members abuse him day in and day out. Right from the BJP president, everyone calls him names. We urge BJP to stop making excuses, provide vaccines and stop this name calling.”

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