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How will an angry letter to an Opposition party help curb Covid-19 pandemic in India?

BJP president JP Nadda has written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi about Congress' ‘role’ during the pandemic. However Congress is not in power, BJP is

Sabrangindia 11 May 2021

Image Courtesy:in.news.yahoo.com

Bharatiya Janata Party’s National President J P Nadda seemed to have been in an angry mood when he wrote to Congress leader Sonia Gandhi to complain about Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders. According to Nadda’s open letter, which the party openly shared on social media, Rahul Gandhi “will be remembered for duplicity and pettiness.” This would be a relevant attack if Rahul Gandhi was the Union Health Minister at least, however, he is a member of parliament, who does not decide the government policy to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic currently ravaging the country.

However, JP Nadda in his letter-for-letter, tit for tat, mode has notified Sonia Gandhi that “the Congress Working Committee talks about the Modi Government “abdicating” its responsibility on vaccination. Is there so much of a communication gap between the Congress party and the states it shares power in? In April itself, topmost Congress leaders were calling for ‘decentralisation of vaccination’."

However, it is known that most of the Covid-19 policies are now Centrally controlled, and state governments are often taking to social media to raise concerns about the shortage of Oxygen supplies to the states and of vaccine stocks running out. Nadda’s letter came on the heels of the remarks at the Congress’ Working Committee Meeting held on Monday where Sonia Gandhi reportedly said that the Union Government, and the Prime Minister had “mismanaged” the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. While the Prime Minister continues to maintain silence on the issue, Nadda seems to have once again been asked to deliver the response, as he is the party chief.

Nadda writes in defence of the BJP-led Government that it “has already ensured that considerable coverage has been achieved in priority groups by providing over 16 crore vaccines to states in the first few phases. Even now, it continues to give 50% of the total vaccines, free of cost." The BJP Chief also expressed sadness about the conduct of the Congress Party during these challenging times, saying, “While there are certainly a few members of your party who (like several other selfless citizens) are doing commendable work in helping people, their hard work gets eclipsed by the consistent negativity spread by the more senior members of the party." 

He then launched a counter allegation at the Congress accusing its leaders of, “creating false panic and even contradicting their stands just based on political considerations." He takes a flashback to 2020 and says when “scientists, doctors and innovators were racing against time to find a vaccine, your party leaders left no opportunity to mock these efforts. A vaccine that is made in India should be a matter of national pride. Instead, Congress leaders tried to ridicule it and create doubts in the minds of people." He added that a ‘Congress Chief Minister’ spread rumours about the vaccine and tried to create vaccine hesitancy, “in a nation that has almost no recent history of vaccine hesitancy, your party has the dubious record of trying to actively create it, that too, in the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic." He did not name the CM he accused. He asked if the states which have Congress Governments will “also come out with a similar decision to provide vaccines for free?”

As expected, the BJP leadership and supporters amplified the long letter all day. However, what JP Nadda the letter writer perhaps did not bargain for was the deluge of responses to his penmanship, including those from non-Congress leaders. Here are two examples:

 

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How will an angry letter to an Opposition party help curb Covid-19 pandemic in India?

BJP president JP Nadda has written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi about Congress' ‘role’ during the pandemic. However Congress is not in power, BJP is

Image Courtesy:in.news.yahoo.com

Bharatiya Janata Party’s National President J P Nadda seemed to have been in an angry mood when he wrote to Congress leader Sonia Gandhi to complain about Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders. According to Nadda’s open letter, which the party openly shared on social media, Rahul Gandhi “will be remembered for duplicity and pettiness.” This would be a relevant attack if Rahul Gandhi was the Union Health Minister at least, however, he is a member of parliament, who does not decide the government policy to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic currently ravaging the country.

However, JP Nadda in his letter-for-letter, tit for tat, mode has notified Sonia Gandhi that “the Congress Working Committee talks about the Modi Government “abdicating” its responsibility on vaccination. Is there so much of a communication gap between the Congress party and the states it shares power in? In April itself, topmost Congress leaders were calling for ‘decentralisation of vaccination’."

However, it is known that most of the Covid-19 policies are now Centrally controlled, and state governments are often taking to social media to raise concerns about the shortage of Oxygen supplies to the states and of vaccine stocks running out. Nadda’s letter came on the heels of the remarks at the Congress’ Working Committee Meeting held on Monday where Sonia Gandhi reportedly said that the Union Government, and the Prime Minister had “mismanaged” the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. While the Prime Minister continues to maintain silence on the issue, Nadda seems to have once again been asked to deliver the response, as he is the party chief.

Nadda writes in defence of the BJP-led Government that it “has already ensured that considerable coverage has been achieved in priority groups by providing over 16 crore vaccines to states in the first few phases. Even now, it continues to give 50% of the total vaccines, free of cost." The BJP Chief also expressed sadness about the conduct of the Congress Party during these challenging times, saying, “While there are certainly a few members of your party who (like several other selfless citizens) are doing commendable work in helping people, their hard work gets eclipsed by the consistent negativity spread by the more senior members of the party." 

He then launched a counter allegation at the Congress accusing its leaders of, “creating false panic and even contradicting their stands just based on political considerations." He takes a flashback to 2020 and says when “scientists, doctors and innovators were racing against time to find a vaccine, your party leaders left no opportunity to mock these efforts. A vaccine that is made in India should be a matter of national pride. Instead, Congress leaders tried to ridicule it and create doubts in the minds of people." He added that a ‘Congress Chief Minister’ spread rumours about the vaccine and tried to create vaccine hesitancy, “in a nation that has almost no recent history of vaccine hesitancy, your party has the dubious record of trying to actively create it, that too, in the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic." He did not name the CM he accused. He asked if the states which have Congress Governments will “also come out with a similar decision to provide vaccines for free?”

As expected, the BJP leadership and supporters amplified the long letter all day. However, what JP Nadda the letter writer perhaps did not bargain for was the deluge of responses to his penmanship, including those from non-Congress leaders. Here are two examples:

 

Related:

Covid-19: UP’s local representatives present only in photos not district offices!
If we do not face up to the reality, we will not draw the right lessons: Sonia Gandhi
Congress offers suggestions for Covid control, financial relief in Assam
65 Congress MLAs, Jignesh Mevani move Gujarat HC to utilise MPLAD funds for medical facilities

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