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Bihar: BJP's free vaccine promise elicits polarising reactions

Rahul M
·3-min read

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced that once a vaccine to treat COVID-19 is available for production at a mass scale, it will be provided for free to everyone in poll-bound Bihar. The promise is a part of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) manifesto in the state.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 12: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses the media during a press conference at National Media Centre on October 12, 2020 in New Delhi, India. FM announced a Rs. 12,000 crore interest-free 50-year loan to states for spending on capital projects in a bid to boost the economy. She further announced a one-time Rs. 10,000 interest-free festival advance to all its officers and employees as part of plans to increase consumer spending to spur demand in the economy. (Photo by Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 12: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses the media during a press conference at National Media Centre on October 12, 2020 in New Delhi, India. FM announced a Rs. 12,000 crore interest-free 50-year loan to states for spending on capital projects in a bid to boost the economy. She further announced a one-time Rs. 10,000 interest-free festival advance to all its officers and employees as part of plans to increase consumer spending to spur demand in the economy. (Photo by Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

But her assertion drew a slew of contrasting reactions. While some were scathing in their criticism, many took a more measured approach. Here are some of the reactions: