BJP National Whip JP Nadda, in an open letter to Congress Supremo Sonia Gandhi, accuses opposition of misguiding people and creating false panic in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. A day after Congress Working Committee (CWC) conducts its meeting, calling the second pandemic wave of COVID 19  “a grave calamity and direct consequence of the Modi government’s indifference, insensitivity and incompetence”, and passed a resolution on the Centre’s handling of the epidemic, JP Nadda hit back Sonia Gandhi by writing a four page letter, where he accuses Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, will be remembered for duplicity and pettiness. In the letter, he says, “In this fight against the pandemic, the conduct of the topmost Congress leaders including former Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi will be remembered for duplicity and pettiness.”

He detailed PM Narendra Modi’s efforts of working close with state CMs, in defeating the COVID war. He writes “Priority areas are augmenting medical capacities and ensuring adequate facilities to those suffering. Efforts are underway to ensure all parts are equipped with adequate medicine and other materials required to combat COVID-19”.

The letter further states “Looking at the confusion being created by members of the Congress Party, including Chief Ministers belonging to the party, I am compelled to pen my thoughts. One would wish that while India is fighting COVID-19 with utmost courage, the top echelons of the Congress would stop misleading people, creating false panic and even contradicting their stands just based on political considerations.”

The BJP president added that he was saddened, but not surprised by the conduct of the Congress during these challenging times, “I am saddened but not surprised by the conduct of the Congress Party during these challenging times. 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 senior members of the party.”

He challenged Congress of running free vaccination drives at their states, just like NDA ruling states providing free vaccines to the state residents. “States which have BJP or NDA government have announced their resolve to help the poor and underprivileged by providing vaccines for free. I am sure that Congress Governments in various states also feel strongly for the poor. Can they also come out with a similar decision to provide vaccines for free?” stated in the letter. Nadda strikes CWC’s accusation that the Centre had abdicated its responsibility on inoculation, while he recalled Congress senior leaders themselves pushed for “decentralization of vaccination”.

In the letter, Nadda attacks Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his constant condemnation of nations first COVID lockdown, in his election rallies. Additionally, Nadda asserted that there is no conflict in spending money on the Central Vista project when the country is fighting the COVID-19 crisis. To proof his word valid, he pointed out new Assembly complex of Chhattisgarh and emphasised that many Congress leaders too had indicated the need for a new Parliament building.

Union Minister Smriti Irani sharing the letter from her Twitter handle, writes, “BJP National President JP Nadda writes to Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji setting the record straight. We hope as a polity we shall see cooperation and support in India’s collective fight against the virus.

Brief of CWC meeting

On Monday, the Congress Working Committee strike on Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he must “atone for his mistakes”, for handling of the coronavirus crisis situation poorly, and carrying on with his “personal agenda” instead of serving people.

Congress attacked Centre for insufficient supply of vaccines and expressed deep concern over the pricing policy, calling it opaque and discriminatory. CWC called Central Vista Project a ‘criminal waste of money’ while slammed Modi government for giving it a deadline till 2022, saying it is “personal vanity project of the Prime Minister”.