Priyanka Chaturvedi was referring to Harsh Vardhan's allegation that Maharashtra's "lackadaisical attitude" had bogged down India's Covid efforts.
The Centre's attempts to "score political brownie points" in response to her concerned letter over the Covid-19 situation in the country has left the Shiv Sena's Priyanka Chaturvedi "saddened" and "disgusted". In a video message referring to the Union Health Ministry's "disturbing" answer to her suggestions made in "good spirit and intent", she asked what was wrong with her recommendation to open up vaccinations for every adult Indian instead of sticking with the 45-year limit. My response to the political statement from the https://t.co/7izg7PU0hX Min of India on the genuine issues raised by me a) to provide more vaccines to Maharashtra because of an effective vaccination drive b) to universalise vaccine to include everyone above 18 years of age. pic.twitter.com/m5gv4U6yBP "It kind of saddened me, disturbed me, and also disgusted me at the same time, that a letter that was written in good spirit and intent...would hope to get a scientific response...because he is the health minister of the country and not the spokesperson of a political party," Ms Chaturvedi said in her message. "But what he responded with was not just political, but also seeking brownie points by attacking some states." She was referring to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan's allegation made yesterday that the Maharashtra government's "lackadaisical attitude" had bogged down the entire country's efforts to fight the virus. In response to her letter, in which she had claimed that the state was facing an acute shortage of vaccines, he called such claims "deplorable attempts by some state governments to distract attention from their failures and spread panic among the people".