New Delhi, Nov 19: The Congress on Saturday accused the BJP government in Gujarat of administering expired and unusable polio vaccine to the children in state and said it is a criminal act of negligence, and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiate an "inquiry" into it.
"A very shocking and worrisome report has come from Gujarat regarding child healthcare which depicts that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and their government has not learnt any lessons from the infant deaths in Gujarat and in Uttar Pradesh.
"The BJP government is playing with public healthcare in India," said Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill.
"The report says that BJP government in Gujarat is administering an expired unusable polio vaccine to the children of Gujarat.
"This is an act of criminal negligence... When you administer an expired medicine, it is like administering poison. So, BJP government in the garb of polio vaccination is administering poison to the children of Gujarat," he said.
"I would urge the Prime Minister, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, state administration, health officers, WHO and UNICEF to hold an inquiry into administering of expired vaccinations to the children. All those responsible for this should be booked," he added.