Bhubaneswar: The poster war between BJP and BJD at Covid vaccination centres across Odisha took a new turn today after BJP MP and party national spokesperson Aparajita Sarangi targeted the BJD-led State government over display of only Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s photographs on banners at vaccination sites.
She termed the publicity move as a sign of ‘insecurity and narrow mindedness’.
In a tweet, the Bhubaneswar MP said it’s a general courtesy that the Prime Minister’s photograph should be displayed along with the CM on the banners at inoculation centres.
She said the Odisha government sought the Centre’s support after failing to procure vaccines and the Centre also came to the rescue of the State during the time of need.
“Basic courtesy demands that PM Modi's photo with CM's photo are put up at all Vaccination points by State Govt,” she tweeted.
Odisha failed to procure vaccines;it sought Central Govt's support.Our PM @narendramodi has come to the rescue of @CMO_Odisha. Basic courtesy demands that PM Modi's photos with CM's photo are put up at all Vaccination points by State Govt.Height of insecurity & narrow mindedness! pic.twitter.com/BcLaQ1KrnF— Aparajita Sarangi, Member of Parliament (@AprajitaSarangi) June 23, 2021
Reacting to Sarangi, BJD MP Sasmit Patra said that BJD has never made it an issue like others over photo of PM on vaccination certificate.
“It is petty and shameful to do politics out of this. I am afraid you may be insecure about your political relevance and doing this narrow minded politics,” Patra tweeted.
@AprajitaSarangi Ji, Hon’ble PM’s photo is there on every COVID vaccination certificate. While every party made an issue out of it, BJD never made it an issue or politics over it. You are an ex-bureaucrat. Vaccination in india has always been a national programme done by (Cont'd)— Dr. Sasmit Patra I ଡ଼ଃ ସସ୍ମିତ ପାତ୍ର (@sasmitpatra) June 23, 2021
Central Government, whether its polio, BCG, measles, DPT, Hepatitis, Vitamin A. When did it become a State program, except now that it was forced upon the States & subsequently withdrawn.— Dr. Sasmit Patra I ଡ଼ଃ ସସ୍ମିତ ପାତ୍ର (@sasmitpatra) June 23, 2021
Hon’ble CM’s message has been put out across state calling for using Masks & (Contd)
COVID appropriate behaviour, it is nothing about vaccination. It is petty and shameful to do politics out of this. I am afraid you may be insecure about your political relevance and doing this narrow minded politics. However thanks for wearing masks off late.— Dr. Sasmit Patra I ଡ଼ଃ ସସ୍ମିତ ପାତ୍ର (@sasmitpatra) June 23, 2021
The war between the two Parliamentarians on twitter comes in the backdrop of a series of agitations staged by the BJP at several places over the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photographs in the vaccination drivr posters.
The BJP activists had on Tuesday tore off the posters at several places in the State and displayed the PM’s photo prominently.