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Toolkit and level of politics of Congress party

An atmosphere of fear and apprehension around the world for corona. Everyone is trying how to save human society from the clutches of corona. People from all walks of life are coming together to fight against this deadly epidemic.

In Bharat, more than 300,000 people are still officially dead. Doctors, police, the administration, volunteers, the media and even the general public are fighting together to find a way to prevent Corona. But in such a dire situation, some political parties in our country see Corona as a political opportunity. They have been trying to figure out how to discredit Corona as a failure of the government.

A few days back, a very controversial toolkit (program, plan outline) of the Congress Party was circulated on social media. The BJP called it of the Congress, but the Congress denied it. Although the Congress denies the toolkit as its own, but the way Congress party is propagating its work against central government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Kumbh Mela as so on, proves that they are creator of the toolkit.

In social media, sympathizers of the Congress Party has questioned the authenticity of the toolkit, which has caused a great deal of controversy. However, when BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra revealed the source of the toolkit and who emailed it to everyone, the Congress is now on the backfoot. Interestingly, the social media activist who emailed this to others suddenly deleted all of her social media accounts. This proves that the Congress is the creator of that toolkit.

The way in which the toolkit is said to have been propagated must have been effective, and in some cases the Congress and other opposition parties have succeeded in leading the agenda. There is nothing wrong with blaming the central government for mishandling of the second wave of corona. Those who are in power must take responsibility for everything. But is it acceptable to blame the entire Hindu society even the whole country?

If politics reaches to this level and the political parties do not hesitate to blame the nation for the power, this is highly unfortunate. The ideology of these political parties are even more detrimental than this pandemic.

The Kumbh Mela is super spreader but Eid is happy social gathering

The holy Kumbh Mela is a showcase of Hindu political extremism, according to that controversial toolkit. The “toolkit” suggests politicizing the congregation by repeatedly labelling it as a ‘super spreader’ to hint at BJP’s Hindu politics. On the other hand, it is said to promote the Muslim Eid festival as a festival of social goodwill and family gathering.

Before the toolkit appeared on social media, the so-called intellectuals in Congress and its supporters were trending on the social media, especially Twitter, calling the Kumbh Mela a super spreader and Eid as a festival of social goodwill. This proves that the Congress is behind that toolkit. They are forgetting that the tradition of the Kumbh Mela is thousands of years old.

The Kumbh Mela was held in the country when no political parties were existed. Not only have they defamed the Kumbh Mela, they have defame the faith of the Hindus and the Sadhus.

It was organized strictly following Covid guidelines. The Covid Negative certificates were mandatory to participate in the Kumbh Mela. Maharashtra state government’s one minister said that the corona had spread in Maharashtra due to the Kumbh Mela. But at that time Sadhus from Kumbh had not even returned to Maharashtra.

During Ramzan, markets in Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai were crowded, mosques were openly violating Covid Guidelines, but the state governments did not take any action. As a result, the number of corona positives in Muslim-majority areas is on the rise in those states. But those toolkit journalists and politicians never said a word against this.

Calling the second wave the ‘Indian variant’ is an attempt to defame country

In the same toolkit, the second wave of the corona is ordered to be blamed as Indian variant. Imagine a small country like Singapore had opposed when Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said “Singapore variant”.  However, the Congress Party did not maintrain the dignity of Bharat and planned to speak out as the Indian variant.

According to Toolkit, the Indian version would discredit the prime minister’s reputation in the world. Sadly, they were not going to discredit Modi but defame the country.

False propaganda against the Prime Minister

  • Due to Modi’s election campaign in West Bengal, Corona has spread.
  • Why has Modi not built oxygen plants?
  • Why did he export the vaccines abroad where there is no vaccine available for the people of our country?
  • Why has the central government started a Rs 1,000 crore central vista project?

This is all there in the toolkit.

On social media, some Congress sympathisers have accused the Central Vista project as Modi’s residence. The new parliament building, the Central Vista project, was first planned during Manmohan Singh’s government. However, they were unable to do so due to lack of funds. At that time, they estimated the cost at Rs 3,000 crore. When the Modi government came to power at the Center, it reduced it to Rs 800 crore. But now the Congress is trying to mislead the public by linking this  project to Corona.

Some political and social activists are claiming that the Corona has increased in the country due to Modi’s election campaign. However, the states with the highest number of active cases are Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat. West Bengal ranks ninth on the list.

If the corona has spread due to Modi’s election rally, how many more patients came out of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh? In Kerala, Rahul Gandhi was doing rallies. Was Modi rallying in Brazil, France, Turkey, where second wave made devastation?

Corona is a global pandemic. That fact must be taken into account. The whole world has been affected. However, some friends do not agree to believe this fact.

Health care is a state issue

According to 17th Schedule, Article 246, ‘Health is a State Subject.’

It is the responsibility of the state governments to provide health care. However, it appears that the states are dependent on the central government at all levels. From supplying oxygen to various states, to building special covid hospitals, to supplying ventilators from PM Care funds, providing PPE kits, essential medicines, vaccines, in all aspects Central Govt did tremendous job.

Politics over dead body

Toolkit has another topic that is very pathetic. Toolkit suggests to post selective photos of dead bodies and tag foreign medias. What could be more tragic than this? Across the country, people are losing their loved ones but Congress party is still looking for a political opportunity.

The death toll in the corona is the lowest in Bharat. In the United States, 1,826 people died per million, in Brazil it is 2129 per million, and in France it is 1669 per million. In Bharat, there are 222 deaths per million. So it would not be right to say that the government has failed in the fight against Corona.

History will never forgive this mentality of the Congress party’s plans to defame the entire Hindu society and the country, in order to discredit the government.

-by Anil Biswal (a senior journalist based in Odisha)

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