Following a war of words with the BJP over the toolkit controversy, the Congress party has lodged a complaint with social media giant Twitter accusing the saffron party of spreading forged documents over the toolkit issue. The Congress has demanded the suspension of Twitter accounts of BJP’s national president JP Nadda, party leaders Sambit Patra and BL Santosh and Union minister Smriti Irani.
Congress’ head of social media department Rohan Gupta in a tweet said, “We have formally written to @Twitter seeking suspension of Twitter accounts of BJP leaders who are indulging in spreading forged documents attributing to Congress. While an FIR has already been lodged, the independent fact-checkers too have blown the lid off BJP’s propaganda.”
We've formally written to @Twitter seeking suspension of Twitter accounts of BJP leaders who are indulging in spreading forged documents attributing to Congress.
While an FIR has already been lodged, the independent fact-checkers too have blown the lid off BJP's propaganda. pic.twitter.com/DeVUO585l3
— Rohan Gupta (@rohanrgupta) May 20, 2021
What Congress said
Congress, in its letter to Twitter, said that senior functionaries of the BJP were grossly misusing Twitter and this has led to large-scale dissemination of false information and has the potential to cause social unrest in the country.
On Wednesday, NSUI lodged an FIR against former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra over the ‘toolkit issue’. The FIR alleged that the BJP forged the letterhead of AICC Research Department and printed false and fabricated content.
What is toolkit controversy?
The BJP has accused the Congress of creating a toolkit with an aim to tarnish the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India by calling the new strain of COVID-19 as “Modi strain” or “India strain”. However, the Congress has refuted the allegation. It said that its research wing made a toolkit on the Central Vista Project in the national capital, which the saffron party is wrongly using for propaganda.
On Wednesday, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said that toolkit properties reveal that it was created by a person who works for Congress leader Rajeev Gowda, in charge of Congress party’s Research Wing. However, Gowda said that Patra was sharing metadata of a real toolkit and using it as evidence for a fake document.
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