Kolkata: Addressing a press conference, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Thursday, taunted PM Narendra Modi saying that his photograph should be placed on ‘death certificates’ as well.
“A person may not be your supporter. But you made it mandatory that your photo should be there on Covid-19 vaccine certificates. I may not like you. But even then, I would have to carry this. Where is freedom? Now, you should allow your photo on death certificates too,” Banerjee said.
The photograph of PM Narendra Modi, on the vaccination certificate, has been mocked by the opposition party. Derek O’Brien, MP of Trinamool Congress (TMC) had approached the Election Commission and alleged that the BJP was undermining the role of healthcare workers by ‘misusing official machinery. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party justifies the move, says it has been done to create awareness.
Derek urged the EC to issue directives to remove PM’s photograph from vaccination certificates. Subsequently, the EC had asked the Centre to remove PM’s photograph from certificates in poll-bound states.
“The photograph along with the message of the prime minister in the vaccination certificates reinforces the message for creating awareness about the importance of following COVID-19 appropriate behaviour even after vaccination, in the larger public interest,” Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health.