The vaccine controversy in Bengal is not willing to die so soon. With a video of Trinamul councillor Tabassum Ara surfacing where she is seen administrating vaccine dose without prior experience, fresh trouble seems to be brewing for the Mamata-led Bengal government. The video clip was shared by BJP leaders Babul Supriyo and Agnimitra Paul, on social media platforms, where Ara is first seen receiving her vaccine dose by a nurse. Later the councillor is seen giving the shot to one of the recipients.
Ara is being accused of administrating the injection without any experience.
She however, has maintained that she was just holding the syringe and had not administered the shot. She has also mentioned that she has done a course in nursing in school. According to an NDTV report, Ara can be heard saying in a video, “I did not give any vaccine. I was only holding the syringe in my hand. There are a lot of people who are hesitant of taking the shots.”
However, latching on to the vide, Supriyo tagged the chief minister, asking “Seems like TMC govt has no control over its administrators. TMC’s Tabassum Ara, a member of the administrative body of AMC, has vaccinated people herself and risked hundreds of lives... Will her political colour shield her from stern punishment? (sic)”
Following suit was Asansol MLA Paul. Slamming TMC, she tweeted, “TMC’s manhandling of the lives of people knows no bounds.. A non-medical official, TMC's Tabassum Ara, member of administrative board of AMC, chose to vaccinate the people herself, in spite of doctors and nurses being present there... Is she even medically authorised to do so? (sic).”
Bengal government has been at the receiving end, since the case of fraudulent vaccination camp run by a man pretending to be an IAS officer was busted earlier this week. The central government has even asked for a report on the same.
However, Bengal CM has claimed the fraudulent case to be an isolated one, against which the state administration has taken prompt action. Not willing to cow down, Mamata highlighted the Gujarat case, where the vaccine doses were administered in the BJP party offices.