- Huge criticism by opposition parties
- BJP calls him irresponsible CM
Hyderabad: World’s largest vaccination roll out was witnessed on Jan 16th, after PM Modi addressed the nation. In neighbouring states of Telangana like in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, chief minister of the concerned State was present during the launch. But absence of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) led to severe criticism by public and the opposition parties, particularly the BJP. In Telangana, the vaccination drive was led by Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan at NIMS.
It was irresponsible for the elected head of the state to remain absent on first day of vaccination programme, said the opposition leaders. KCR neither personally launched nor did he give a speech or any message to pu”blic encouraging them to participate in the historic vaccination programme. This shows KCR’s irresponsible attitude towards public health of the state,” said BJP’s spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao.
Unlike Chief Minister, it’s heartening to see Tamilisai , Governor of Telangana, personally inaugurating vaccination programme and giving a public message, Krishna Sagar further said.
Telangana Health Minister, Etela Rajender was seen when the programme was being administered and he was seen involved in the process throughout the day. He did not come forward for inoculation of vaccine, giving respect to Modi’s words that first preference is for frontline health care workers and politicians would come later. Etela Rajender stood as an example for responsible politician, when Ministers in states like West Bengal and politicians in TN and Delhi rushed for vaccine leaving PM’s words behind. But the absence of KCR was discussed in social media though exact reasons is not know until now. KCR’s son KTR, however, was seen among the ministers who witness administration of the vaccine.