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BJP put lives at stake for extorting donations, says Akhilesh

Yadav said allowing such lethal medicines amounts to a conspiracy to murder someone and those responsible should be prosecuted.

Akhilesh YadavLUCKNOW: Amid a controversy over the “side effects” of Covishield vaccine, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday accused the BJP of putting the lives of people at stake for “extorting political donations” from a vaccine manufacturer.

Demanding a high-level judicial probe into it, Yadav said allowing such lethal medicines amounts to a conspiracy to murder someone and those responsible should be prosecuted.

“Around 80 crore Indians have been given the Covishield vaccine, which is two doses per person, and the company that made its original formula has said that it causes a risk of heart attack,” Yadav said in a post on X.

“Those who have lost their loved ones due to the side effects of the vaccine or who feared the ill effects of the vaccine, their doubts and fears have now been proven right,” the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.

Those who play with the lives of the people will not be forgiven, he said.

UK-headquartered pharma giant AstraZeneca has admitted that in “very rare cases”, its COVID-19 vaccine, which is known as Vaxzevria in Europe and Covishield in India, can cause a blood clot-related side effect but the causal link is unknown, according to court papers being quoted in the UK media.

In India, the AstraZeneca vaccine was manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

Attacking the BJP, the SP chief further said, “The ruling party has put the lives of the public at stake by collecting political donations from the vaccine manufacturing company.”

“Neither the law, nor the public will ever forgive them. There should be a judicial inquiry at the highest level in this matter,” Yadav added.

SP leaders had made similar allegations on Tuesday, saying the BJP took “commission” from the manufacturer of the Covid vaccine, which they said was “forcibly” administered to people.

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