State BJP condemns Cong for ‘false’ propaganda

KOHIMA, MAY 13 (NPN): | Publish Date: 5/13/2021 1:38:14 PM IST


 BJP Nagaland has condemned Congress party for carrying out “false” propaganda against the Narendra Modi-led NDA government and its management of COVID-19 pandemic.

Showing a four-page letter written by BJP national president JP Nadda on May 11 to Congress president Sonia Gandhi at a press conference held at its office here on Thursday, BJP state co-chief spokesperson Nini Cheng said Nadda had in the letter asked Gandhi and her party, including the chief ministers, to stop misleading the people, creating false panic over the COVID-19 pandemic and contradictory stands on the vaccination policy.

She said the letter was written after the Congress Working Committee passed a resolution against the Modi-led NDA government and its alleged mismanagement of the pandemic.

Asserting that COVID-19 was a global pandemic whose outbreak was so sudden that even World Health Organisation (WHO) could not warn about it in time, Cheng claimed that the nation under Modi was carrying out the largest vaccination drive in the world, pointing out that the prime minister was closely working with all arms of the government, scientists, doctors and innovators racing against time to vaccinate the entire nation.

But instead of feeling proud for inventing Indian-made Covid vaccine, she alleged that Congress was mocking all these efforts, reminding that the vaccine did not belong to any political party or leader, but to the nation.

She said Congress accuses Modi government of incompetency whereas PM cares fund was allocating funds for setting up 551 pressure swing adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen generation plants, adding that 162 such plants were approved earlier and GPS tagging was done to help the authorities keep track of the movement of oxygen-laden vehicles from source points to hospitals.

She claimed that to reduce burdens on hospitals, isolation train coaches became operational in several states and, as per the union health ministry, India had become the fastest country in the world to administer 14 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses in just 99 days.   

Cheng said, considering a population of about 1.38 billion, worst could have happened, stressing that for a pandemic of such a magnitude, no single leader or organisation or political parity could be blamed as the virus knew no boundaries, infecting not only the poor but also presidents and prime ministers of the world.

She alleged that, as per supreme court, health infrastructure inherited over the past 70 years was inadequate. But despite being in power most of the time in the past, pointed out that Congress still ironically blamed the Modi government for the poor health infrastructure.

Cheng remarked that when a rival country like Pakistan expressed solidarity with India over Covid crisis and extended unconditional support to fight the pandemic together, Indian citizens were expected to come forward with positive attitude, encourage the Covid warriors and fight the pandemic together, leaving aside political affiliations and interest.

Condemning the irresponsible attitude of politicking during the pandemic by Congress, state BJP spokesperson Samuel Sumi observed that when India was receiving accolades from across the world for its innovative initiative under the BJP government and successfully handling the situation, overcoming flaws in the process, “frustrated idle minds” were all out against the government to quench their insatiable thirst for power.   

Appreciating Nadda for bringing the reality to light, Sumi on behalf of state BJP president Temjen Imna Along and the party urged responsible citizens of India and Nagaland to support the government of the day to defeat the virus, instead of trying to play a proxy war to defeat their political rivals.

State BJP spokesperson W Ngamba Konyak claimed that crores of money, medical equipment, medicines, etc, were being provided by the Centre to fight the pandemic.  

He claimed that BJP workers around the country distributed free masks, hand sanitizers and gloves, fed the needy by providing rations and medicines, adding that party workers in Nagaland too worked tirelessly.

Mentioning that state BJP had so far distributed 2,82,500 masks, 3,34,650 food packages, 25,734 ration packs and 25,180 litres of hand sanitizers free to fight the pandemic, Konyak remarked that when the country was fighting the pandemic, Congress was indulging in propaganda. 

But, he said BJP would not back off in the face of such propaganda and continue to serve the nation with full dedication.


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