Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Thursday, taunted PM Narendra Modi that his photograph should be placed on ‘death certificates’ as well. Addressing a press conference in Kolkata, Banerjee also said that the state government would be extending COVID-19 restrictions in the state till August 30.
“A person may not be your supporter. But you made it mandatory that your photo should be there on Covid-19 vaccine certificates. I may not like you. But even then, I would have to carry this. Where is freedom? Now, you should allow your photo on death certificates too,” Banerjee said.
The opposition has slammed/ mocked the BJP over the photograph of PM Narendra Modi on vaccination certificates. In fact, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O’Brien had approached the Election Commission and alleged that the BJP was undermining the role of healthcare workers by ‘misusing official machinery’.
He had urged the EC to issue directives to remove PM’s photograph from vaccination certificates. Subsequently, the EC had asked the Centre to remove PM’s photograph from certificates in poll-bound states.
BJP justifies the move, says it is done to create awareness
The ruling party has, however, justified the move and said that the initiative was taken to create awareness about COVID-19 appropriate behaviour even after vaccination.