The BJP on Tuesday has alleged Congress party of having a “Congress’s toolkit” designed to malign Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image over the handling of government’s handling of the pandemic. BJP also alleged Congress of using coronavirus pandemic as a tool to defame PM Modi’s image. Congress has however denied any existence of such toolkit.
The toolkit which was first published by RSS mouthpiece Organiser has now gone viral after many BJP ministers posted it on their Twitter handles. The alleged toolkit asks Congress ministers to purportedly use terms like “Modi strain”and “Indian strain” and to “keep using the term super spreader Kumbh”.
The toolkit has also asked the Congress party members to purportedly use “dramatic pictures of the funerals and dead bodies” saying “PM Modi’s approval ratings have been high and have not dipped despite the crisis and mismanagement”. The toolkit also carries a Congress symbol at the corner of it.
The reason behind using “super spreader Kumbh” is to keep reminding people that it is BJP’s Hindu politics that has given rise to the worst crisis.
“Liaise with foreign journalists and Indian Oped writers in foreign publications and brief them on talking points. Use the dramatic pictures of funerals and dead bodies which is already being done by foreign media…their reporting can be magnified. The envelope can be pushed to start using demeaning phrases for Modi in intellectual discourse,” states the toolkit.
“It is important to keep using this term ‘super spreader Kumbh’ to keep reminding the people that it is the Hindu politics of the BJP that is causing so much distress. Avoid getting in the trap of Eid and Kumbh false equivalence narrative that BJP will deploy as a counter. Don’t comment on Eid greetings,” it further states.
It also mentions expanding the work of Congress run organisations and helping those who have sought help tagging the Indian Youth Congress Handle. The toolkit has even talked about the hoarding of beds and other covid facilities at the hospitals.
“Keep some beds and other facilities blocked in friendly hospitals, to be released only on our request. Track every request…request them to send a social media post again, this time by tagging IYC handle and its office bearers. Respond to help only if a person tags the IYC handle [sic],” stated the toolkit.
Tweeting the toolkit the BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “Disgusting to say the least ..Rahul Gandhi wanting to use this opportunity of Pandemic to destroy the image of PM Modi. Congress workers instructed to call the mutant strain as “Modi strain”. No stone left unturned to scar the name of India with the help of Foreign Journalists!!”
Calling the toolkit thing “disgusting” the Union Minister V Maraleedharan said, “This #CongressToolkit clearly shows how @INCIndia instructs its workers to scar India’s efforts to fight the Pandemic. Shame. Disgusting.”
Another BJP spokesperson Sanju Verma said, “ToolKit by @INCIndia is another embarrassing testimony of how an electorally vanquished Congress, is driven not by Seva bhaav, during #COVID19 pandemic Even now,entire fulcrum of @RahulGandhi &his politics is driven by visceral hatred for @narendramodi govt.#CongressToolkitExposed.”
“‘Don’t Comment on Eid, Call ‘Super Spreader Kumbh’; Congress’ Toolkit Exposes Party’s Sinister Plot to Fight PM Modi,” said Tajinder Pal Bagga.
In its reply, the senior Congress leader Rajeev Gowda said that the BJP is circulating a fake toolkit as his party has not given any such instructions to its workers. He also said that Congress is “filing an FIR for forgery against BJP chief JP Nadda and Sambit Patra”.
“BJP is propagating a fake “toolkit” on “COVID-19 mismanagement” & attributing it to AICC Research Department. We are filing an FIR for forgery against @jpnadda & @sambitswaraj. When our country is devastated by COVID, instead of providing relief, BJP shamelessly concocts forgeries,” said Rajeev Gowda.
The Indian Youth Congress has also denied the claims made by BJP.