West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking to vaccinate people free of cost before the upcoming assembly elections. Ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked PM Modi to allow her government to procure adequate number of Covid-19 vaccines so that the entire state can be vaccinated before polls are held.
In her letter to PM Modi, Banerjee wrote that the Bengal government has decided to procure adequate number of vaccines for the members of the public at large. She requested the government to take up the matter with appropriate authority on a priority basis. Expressing her wish to free Covid-19 vaccination for the people of West Bengal before the election, she said her government wants to provide vaccination free of cost to all the people.
Elaborating her government’s efforts to vaccinate people of the state against Covid-19, Mamata Banerjee claimed West Bengal has carried out the vaccination programme in right earnest. She said that the state has already covered healthcare workers, police, municipal workers and other frontline workers at a rapid pace in the vaccination drive carried out so far.
Banerjee also said that since West Bengal is set to go to polls, it is required that every government and the paramedical employee gets covered in the Covid-19 vaccination drive on an urgent basis to ensure free fair and safe election.
Meanwhile, the government on Wednesday announced the second phase of the vaccination drive in the country from March 1. Under the drive, people above 60 years of age and those more than 45 having comorbidities will be given vaccine doses.
Election to the 294-member West Bengal assembly is due in April-May. The Election Commission of India will follow the Bihar model in West Bengal for conducting assembly polls.