Leaders of 13 opposition parties on Sunday urged the Center to launch a free mass vaccination campaign across the country amid the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases.

In a joint statement, they also called on the Center to ensure an uninterrupted supply of oxygen to all hospitals and health centers as they deal with staggering patient numbers in the face of increasing cases.

The signatories include Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi, JDS leader and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray and TMC Supreme Leader Mamata Banerjee. JMM leader and Jharkhand Hemant Soren chief minister, DMK leader MK Stalin, BSP Mayawati leader, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Samajwadi Akhilesh Yadav party leader and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also signed the declaration, in addition to leftist leaders D Raja (CPI) and Sitaram Yechury.

“In a period of the pandemic out of control across our country, we call on the central government to focus all its attention to ensure an uninterrupted flow of oxygen supply to all hospitals and health centers across the country,” said they stated in a joint statement.

“We call on the central government to immediately launch a free mass immunization program across the country,” they added.

Opposition leaders said the budget allocation of Rs 35,000 crore for the immunization program should be used for this campaign.

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