Lucknow | Jagran News Desk: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday sparked controversy after he allegedly said that he can't trust the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and therefore won't take the COVID-19 vaccine administered by them.

"I am not going to get vaccinated for now. How can I trust BJP's vaccine, when our government will be formed everyone will get a free vaccine. We cannot take BJP's vaccine," Yadav was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

Yadav's statement comes on a day when the central government is conducting a dry run for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine across the country. The Centre, which will vaccinate around 30 crore people in the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination, has said that the vaccine will be provided for free across the country.

'Farmer's death at Ghazipur border while protesting against farm laws disturbing'

Akhilesh also termed the death of a farmer due to heart attack while protesting against the Centre's new farm laws at the Ghazipur border as "disturbing" and accused the BJP of being "heartless".

"On the first day of the new year itself, the news of the martyrdom of a farmer at the Ghazipur border is disturbing. The farmers are sacrificing their lives in the dense fog and cold, but the ruling party is sitting heartless. The ruthlessness seen in the BJP has never been seen so far," he said.

A 57-year-old, identified as Mohar Singh, passed away on Saturday due to a heart attack while protesting against the farm laws at the Ghazipur border in Ghaziabad.

Officials said that the farmer was resident of Bhagwanpur Nangal village in UP's Baghpat district.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, are protesting against the farm laws since November last year and want the central government to scrap them immediately.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma