The Election Commission has given a green light to the BJP's promise of free vaccines to residents of Bihar, saying it it doesn't violate the model code of conduct. The declaration from the EC comes after complaints that the promise was 'a gross violation of the Centre's powers, and an attempt to mislead voters.'
The BJP’s promise had triggered a political row with the RJD, Congress, and other Opposition parties accusing it of politicising the pandemic. Defending its announcement, the BJP had said that it had made a pledge on a public health issue. The saffron party has also promised free vaccine in Madhya Pradesh which is headed for bypolls.