On June 21, India set a world record by vaccinating more than eight million people. Sections of the Opposition have criticized the government, saying that several BJP-ruled States had deliberately gone slow on vaccination in the previous days to create an artificial bump on June 21.
Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said that, after the record-setting day, India’s vaccination numbers were underwhelming on the following day. “I am sure the “feat” will find a place in the Guinness book of records,” he added with a tinge of sarcasm.
A section of BJP has started hitting back at Chidambaram and other critics. BJP MP Tejasvi Surya tweeted that more than 5 million doses were administered on June 22. “The only ones limping here are the Congress-led state governments. You should worry why Chhattisgarh and Punjab managed less than a lakh jabs per day, even as Madhya Pradesh touched 16 lakh, and Karnataka hit 10.5 lakh,” Surya tweeted.
On June 23, as the day progresses, there is enough ground to believe that more than 5 million doses will be administered by the end of the day.