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Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Free Covid vaccine promise in manifesto perfectly in order: Sitharaman

Sitharaman had released the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) manifesto for the Bihar polls on Thursday. A highlight of the promises made in the document was free Covid vaccines for the state’s people if the saffron party comes back to power.

bihar-election Updated: Oct 24, 2020, 16:04 IST
Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
New Delhi
Sitharaman had released the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) manifesto for the Bihar polls on Thursday.
Sitharaman had released the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) manifesto for the Bihar polls on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

Amid the opposition’s criticism of the BJP’s Bihar poll promise of free Covid vaccines, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman asserted on Saturday that the announcement was perfectly in order and a party can announce what it wants to do when it comes to power.

Sitharaman had released the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) manifesto for the Bihar polls on Thursday. A highlight of the promises made in the document was free Covid vaccines for the state’s people if the saffron party comes back to power.

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Opposition parties had slammed the BJP for the promise and demanded action by the Election Commission (EC), while alleging that the ruling party was using the pandemic for political gains.

Speaking to reporters here, Sitharaman, a senior BJP leader, said, “It is a manifesto announcement. A party can announce what it wants to do when it comes to power. That is exactly what is announced. Health is a state subject. It is perfectly in order.” Every party in its manifesto states what it wants to do when it comes to power, she added.

The Bihar Assembly polls are scheduled to be held in three phases, starting October 28.

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