Promises by BJP to give free corona vaccine in Bihar has started a similar competition for other states. Now, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami has said that once the corona vaccine is ready, then all the people of the state will be given it for free. Tamil Nadu elections are due next year.
Palaniswami announced while talking to reporters, after reviewing the Covid-19 preventive measures and developmental projects with officials at the Pudukottai collectorate. His announcement came just hours after the BJP made free vaccination its poll plank in Bihar.
Palaniswmai said, “I would like to announce that as soon as the Covid-19 vaccine is ready, it will be made available to the state for free.” Tamil Nadu also has assembly elections next year. Interestingly, by the time Palaniswamy comes to fulfil his promise, the state assembly elections will have been announced by then. Therefore, this statement of his is also seen as an election promise.
It is to be noted that Bihar BJP had earlier announced to give corona vaccine free to all the people of the state, which was fiercely criticized and the opposition parties called it an election ploy. After the controversy over the promise of giving free vaccine of Coronavirus to everyone in Bihar, BJP has clarified Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Chaubey, who is currently in Bihar, was asked the question. “The corona vaccine is being made across the world. When it is ready, we have prepared an elaborate plan on distributing the vaccine, who will be given preference etc… Every state will be given free coronavirus vaccine,” the minister told reporters.
Significantly, on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while referring to the Corona vaccine, said “work is being done worldwide for Corona vaccine. Scientists in our country are also engaged in creating the vaccine. Whenever the corona vaccine comes, it is going to reach every citizen as soon as possible, preparations are going on for this, work is going on fast.”
“We’re expecting that early next year we should have the vaccine in the country from maybe more than one source. Our expert groups are formulating strategies to plan on how to roll out the distribution of the vaccine in the country,” health minister Harsh Vardhan said earlier.
Additionally, Tamil Nadu CM said at the inauguration of ITC Limited’s state-of-the-art consumer goods manufacturing and logistics facility at Viralimalai that despite the Corona Virus pandemic, the state ranked first in terms of attracting foreign investors in the year 2020.
He said that the state has 55 agreements with foreign companies for foreign investment of 40,418 crores. To attract investors, which will ensure employment opportunities for more than 74 thousand people.
Tamil Nadu chief minister added that Tamil Nadu has emerged as the top destination in terms of investment in the country and two successful editions of the Global Investors Meet were held. For this, overseas visits were also done in the direction of attracting foreign investment. The Chief Minister then unveiled a bronze “Jallikattu” statue depicting an agile bull and a moustache youth. In the year 2019, Viralimalai set a Guinness World Record by hosting 1,353 bulls and 424 people teaching animals to host a huge Jallikattu event.