After Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi’s attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the alleged mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, BJP national president JP Nadda has hit out at the Congress party.
The BJP leader accused Congress of misleading people and creating false panic when India is facing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nadda, in a four-page letter to Sonia Gandhi, said that Congress leaders will be remembered for duplicity and pettiness. He also attacked Congress for trying to create vaccine hesitancy amid the pandemic.
The BJP president said, “Under Modi, the fight against the pandemic is driven by an unwavering belief in science, support to innovation, trust in COVID warriors and cooperative federalism.” He added that he was saddened but not surprised by the conduct of the Congress during these challenging times.
What JP Nadda said
The BJP leader in his letter to Gandhi said, “Your party, under your leadership, is doing no favours to itself by opposing lockdowns and then demanding for the same, ignoring the Centre’s advisories on the second wave of COVID and then saying they did not get any information, holding massive election rallies in Kerala causing a spike in COVID cases while grandstanding about election rallies elsewhere, supporting protests but speaking about following COVID guidelines.”
He also said, “Even when the second wave was on the rise, your party leaders were happier being seen in super spreader political events in north India, where there was no regard for masks or social distancing. This is not an era when such information can be erased from public memory.”
Congress reacts to Nadda’s letter
Congress was quick to react to Nadda’s letter. P Chidambaram in a tweet advised the BJP president to read a guest column in the New York Times published on May 6 rather than writing an “ill-informed letter”.
The Congress leader said, “Instead of writing an ill-informed letter to the Congress President, BJP President @JPNadda may read the guest column in the New York Times on May 6, 2021.” “The authors are not Congress members. Their names may ring a bell in @JPNadda: Dr. Abhijit Banerjee and Dr. Esther Duflo, Nobel Prize winners.”
The authors are not Congress members.
Their names may ring a bell in @JPNadda:
Dr. Abhijit Banerjee and Dr. Esther Duflo, Nobel Prize winners.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) May 11, 2021
Instead of writing accusatory letter to Congress, Mr Nadda should write apology letter on behalf of BJP for pushing Nation into hell fire of #COVID19 second wave
Mr Nadda pls apologize
to all families who have lost their loved ones due to Oxygen & Medicine/Injection Shortage pic.twitter.com/s10ugywE1k
— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) May 11, 2021
Similarly, Congress leader Jaiveer Shergil tweeted, “Instead of writing accusatory letter to Congress, Mr Nadda should write apology letter on behalf of BJP for pushing Nation into hell fire of #COVID19 second wave Mr Nadda pls apologize to all families who have lost their loved ones due to Oxygen & Medicine/Injection Shortage”
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