NEW DELHI: A war of words erupted on Tuesday between the BJP and the Congress after the former accused the opposition of using alleged “toolkit” to tarnish Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s image by calling the new Covid-19 strain the “India strain” or the “Modi strain”.
However, Congress hit back at the BJP and accused it of propagating a fake ‘toolkit’.
What the BJP said:
-“Dividing society and spewing venom against others….Congress is a master at this. India is seeing Congress’ antics, while the nation is fighting Covid-19. I would urge Congress to go beyond ’Toolkit Models’ and do something constructive,” BJP chief JP Nadda said.
-BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said according to the document, it is clear that the Congress extending help to the needy during the pandemic is “more of a public relations exercise with the help of friendly journalists and influencers than a soulful endeavour”.
-“Disgusting to say the least Rahul Gandhi wants to use this opportunity of pandemic to destroy the image of Prime Minister Modi. Congress workers instructed to call the mutant strain as Modi strain,” Sambit Patra said on Twitter.
-“My country, our country is at war with a virus. I can understand the opposition would want to attack the Govt. But to singularly commercialise it as a political opportunity and deal in death, I never imagined Congress was capable of such a low,” Union minister Smriti Irani said.
-Union minister Piyush Goyal also slammed the Congress, accusing it of dividing the country and attempting to fracture the social fabric. “Dividing India and attempting to fracture the Indian social fabric with communal hatred is Congress’ second nature. Disgraceful to see the Congress party and its leaders engaging in political deception to mislead citizens and create roadblocks for the nation,” Goyal said in a tweet.
What the Congress said:
– The Congress has filed a complaint with the Delhi Police Commissioner against BJP chief JP Nadda, Union minister Smriti Irani and several other BJP leaders for circulating the “fake toolkit”.
-“BJP is propagating a fake ‘toolkit’ on ‘Covid-19 mismanagement’ and attributing it to AICC Research Department. We are filing an FIR for forgery against JP Nadda and Sambit Patra,” Congress’ research cell head Rajeev Gowda said on Twitter.
-“Soon after the BJP forged the ‘fake toolkit’, all its ‘fake devotees’ and ‘friends in the media’ came out to set the agenda. We are going to file a case against BJP President JP Nadda and his spokespersons, but the truth about their misdeeds will not be left hidden,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewal.
-Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate at a virtual press conference claimed that there is no such document as shown by the BJP spokesperson and the party was initiating legal action. “We never expected that the national spokesperson of the BJP would resort to such blatant lies,” she said.