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‘Call it Modi strain’: BJP says Congress created toolkit to defame PM, Congress calls it fake

Alleged Congress toolkit was shared by BJP's Sambit Patra, who said the country's name is being tarnished 'with the help of foreign journalists'. Congress said will file FIR.

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New Delhi: The BJP Tuesday shared what it alleged is a toolkit prepared by the Congress party to “tarnish the image of” Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The alleged Congress toolkit, shared by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, also created a storm on social media.

Patra said Rahul Gandhi is “wanting to use this opportunity of the pandemic to destroy the image of PM Modi”.

“No stone left unturned to scar the name of India with the help of Foreign Journalists”, Patra tweeted, using the hashtag #CongressToolKitExposed.


The alleged toolkit was also published in RSS-affiliated publication Organiser, which claimed that it has “methods to tarnish the image of PM Modi” and it instructs Congress’ leaders and social media volunteers to “use the phrase ‘Indian strain’ whenever talking of the new mutant” of the coronavirus.

The Congress, however, termed the toolkit as “fake” and said it will take strict legal action.

“It is a fake document and we are filing an FIR as it is a a case of forgery. The country is battling Covid-19 and the BJP is propagating fake news, this cannot be tolerated,” Rohan Gupta, chairman of the Congress’ social media department, told ThePrint.

“They are just trying to hide their failures by doing such things, so we will take a strict legal action against whoever is responsible,” he added.

Rajeev Gowda, chairman, AICC research department and national spokesperson, tweeted that the party is going to filing an FIR against Patra and BJP president J.P. Nadda.

What the alleged toolkit says

The alleged toolkit directs volunteers to contrast the relief work done by the Congress with lack of work done by BJP organisations, to collaborate in advance with “friendly journalists” to amplify relief messages.

The alleged toolkit asks the party workers to address the Kumbh Mela as “Super Spreader Kumbh”. It also asks the Congress leaders to portray Kumbh Mela as a “political power in the name of religion” and Eid as a “happy social gathering of families and communities”. It also calls for collaborating with “like minded journalists and international media” to further the narrative.

The toolkit also asks for “use of dramatic pictures of funerals and dead bodies” and to question PM’s “incompetence” from handles that look like those of BJP or Modi supporters.

It also asks to use the phrase “Indian strain” whenever talking about the new mutant and asks social media volunteers to call it “Modi strain”.

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