“Let Modi government be forewarned”: Subramanian Swamy calls for non-BJP states to unite against his own government to deal with vaccine shortages


Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has issued a warning to his own government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on vaccine shortages as he called for non-BJP states to unite to directly negotiate ‘for bulk orders’ and send the bill to the Indian government.

Swamy tweeted, “Let Modi government be forewarned that all non BJP states frustrated in not getting adequate supply of vaccines may band together and directly negotiate for bulk orders abroad and send the Bill to the Centre. Modi Govt cannot politically afford to refuse to pay up.”

Swamy has been extremely critical of his own party’s government in its handling of the pandemic in recent weeks. He had even suggested giving the responsibility of managing the pandemic to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

The outspoken BJP parliamentarian’s stinging attack against his own government comes amidst reports of states’ inability to place bulk orders for vaccines. Even former Union Minister P Chidambaram took a potshot at the Modi government on the vaccine shortages.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Chidambaram wrote, “Five sentences from a recent interview of Dr Shahid Jameel (who resigned as head of SARS-COV 2 Genomics Consortium) captures why India faces an acute vaccine shortage: “The private sector does not work on charity; it needs to be given orders …And that is where we took our eye off the ball.” “They did get orders, but they got orders in January or maybe December last year”.”

Chidambaram continued, “Has the “no shortage” Union Health Minister @drharshvardhan read the interview? What is his answer? Is not the government guilty of grave negligence that has cost thousands of lives?”

According to a report by Deccan Herald, India has severely been grappling with vaccine shortages in recent days even as the pandemic left scores dead across the country. According to the report, on May 21, a total of 13.8 lakh doses of Coid-19 vaccines were administered all over the country, which is significantly less than 23.85 lakh doses administered on May 11.