NEW DELHI: BJP and Congress on Wednesday remained locked in a high-decibel confrontation over the previous’s cost that the opposition celebration had orchestrated a marketing campaign to malign the Modi authorities over the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic by circulating a “toolkit” for amplification of its prices.
Even as BJP, disregarding Congress’s menace of authorized motion, doubled down on its cost of fabricating a marketing campaign linking the “toolkit” to a Congress insider, Rahul Gandhi accused BJP of spreading lies to divert consideration from its failures. “Vaccines are in short supply and Covid deaths are increasing. The central government policy: Divert attention, spread lies, make a noise to hide facts,” he tweeted.
It was BJP which fired the primary salvo on Wednesday, with celebration spokesperson Sambit Patra releasing what he known as extra proof linking the “toolkit” — a listing of points on themes starting from Central Vista to christening the virus after Modi — to a Congress activist, Saumya Varma, who labored for Congress’s analysis workforce headed by former MP Rajiv Gowda.
The cost was refuted by Gowda who accused BJP of forgery. “Let’s be clear. We made a research note on the Central Vista for the party. It’s genuine and fact-based. I tweeted yesterday that ‘Covid-19 toolkit’ is forged and is a made in BJP product. BJP spokesman Sambit Patra is showing metadata/author of a real document and attributing it to a fake document,” he stated, including that whereas the doc on Central Vista was real, BJP had pasted Varma’s signature to the “toolkit” to make the latter seem Congress’s handiwork. Congress additionally despatched SMS messages in bulk to warning folks concerning the “forgery”.
Patra, nonetheless, pressed on, claiming that Sanjukta Basu, one of many members of Rahul’s social media workforce, had attested to Congress’s authorship of the toolkit.
“Congress denies the toolkit is theirs. They disowned the digital footprint of Saumya Varma, whose name figured as author of the toolkit but Sanjukta Basu, part of Rahul Gandhi’s social media team, openly admits that the toolkit is theirs and hails the initiative,” he stated.
BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya tweeted, “In one other tell-all growth, Saumya Varma, whose identify figured because the creator of the Congress toolkit, has deleted her Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. It is getting murkier as Congress rushes to erase digital footprint of their anti-India actions.” However, Gowda, who teaches at IIM, stated Varma needed to deactivate her social media accounts due to the harassment she confronted from BJP.
“BJP ecosystem indulges within the worst type of cynical politics. Its soiled methods division extracted a colleague’s identify from our real Central Vista doc and attributed it to its faux ‘toolkit’. She deactivated her social media accounts after on-line harassment,” he tweeted
The tweet put him within the line of fireside of BJP. Party common secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh stated, “Congress tries to salvage the wreckage, the extra it sinks. Taxpayers’ cash to IIM, IITs are for nation constructing. But right here his total workforce’s energies are for breaking India underneath Rahul Gandhi.”