India, April 9 -- States have reacted sharply to the Centre's claim of below par vaccination in Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Delhi saying the Centre is trying to politicize Covid vaccination in opposition ruled states with Chhattisgarh health minister T S Singhdeo terming this disappointing and unfortunate.

Health minister Harsh Vardhan, in a Wednesday letter, flagged low vaccination of eligible beneficaries saying the performance of these states on vaccination was below national average and they were raising Covid vaccine shortage issues to "hide" their vaccination failure and spreading panic among people by demanding vaccination of all without inoculating enough eligible beneficiaries.

Following the minister's letter, union a...