The exposure of the “Congress toolbox” caused waves within the ruling party and the opposition party, the former accusing the INC of total insensitivity and the latter crying scandal.
The well-detailed document intended to tarnish the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi nationally and internationally suggests various paths to be taken to achieve the goal. One of them being “the amplification of the work of congressional organizations” to contrast the apparent lack of work done by the BJP.
Notice how youth leader INC Srinivas BV is opposed to BJP’s Tejasvi Surya and touted as the ânext messiahâ amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic?
Well, here’s how the campaign led by the INC and its so-called “supporters” fits the toolbox perfectly.
Amplification of SOS messages, attempts to use foreign embassies
One of the first recommendations in this particular section suggests promoting SOS reparations and offering âpriority helpâ to journalists, media professionals and other influencers.
Remember how the New Zealand Embassy approached a young leader from INC for medical oxygen instead of the Government of India? Although the Embassy faced a huge backlash, however, Srinivas was quickly put on a pedestal to help even an “Embassy”, thus wanting to show the BJP in a bad light.
Srinivas then offered immediate help to popular journalist Rubika Liyaquat and Indian filmmaker Ashoke Pandit for being tagged, which again caused the city to talk for some time.
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– Srinivas BV (@srinivasiyc) April 27, 2021
I send this request to @IYCKarnataka for further follow-up.
Team thank you for doing the necessary. #SOSIYC
– Srinivas BV (@srinivasiyc) May 7, 2021
In a recent update, the youth leader addressed an SOS Tweet made by Indian cricketer Hanuma Vihari.
– Srinivas BV (@srinivasiyc) May 18, 2021
It should be noted here that the New Zealand Embassy had no case of Covid. They then apologized for bypassing the Foreign Office and reaching out to opposition politicians for help on questionable needs.
It was shortly after Congress leader Jairam Ramesh attempted to arrest EAM S Jaishankar over the oxygenation of the Philippine Embassy by Youth Congress workers. EAM Jaishankar had replied slyly, stating that the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines had no case of Covid and he is intrigued as to where congressional workers get cylinders of oxygen to score political goals as the general public is facing a severe shortage of oxygen in hospitals.
Media coverage by “sympathetic journalists”
As soon as the fanfare around Srinivas BV picked up, he became the darling of some media presenting him as the only leader working on the ground. This was in tandem with the toolkit point that suggested working with friendly reporters to amplify the message.
We previously reported how ‘neutral platform’ The Quint posted an elaborate video promoting the Indian Youth Congress just a day before Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to social media to urge colleagues in Congress to come forward and help amid the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
Next, INC’s Srinivas was interviewed by ThePrint’s Shekhar Gupta in an âOff the Cuffâ segment sharing the help he provided during the pandemic.
– ThePrintIndia (@ThePrintIndia) May 11, 2021
The campaign was supported by the Rahul Gandhi fan club who shared the Srinivas story covered in the Congressional spokesperson âNational Heraldâ.
President of the IYC @srinivasiyc comes from a humble middle-class family with no financial power or the most distant political connection. ” It’s because of @RahulGandhi that I am able to serve people today, âhe told the National Herald in this #Exclusive interview. #srinivasBV https://t.co/Kzzll523FT
– Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) May 15, 2021
News of Srinivas being picked up by Delhi police for regular investigation created a huge uproar. It was then that the youth leader found the support of the congressional spokesperson who, in a statement to NDTV, claimed that the Delhi police should instead investigate the Prime Minister and Minister of the âmissingâ interior (see item number 07 in the toolbox).
– NDTV (@ndtv) May 14, 2021
Get help from “friendly” supporters
What good is the campaign if it is not amplified enough! The toolkit specifies collaboration with influential handles to further spread the message.
From Bollywood actor Swara Bhasker and top INC executives to favorite congressional cartoonist Satish Acharya, all have lined up to appreciate Srinivas’ work and efforts.
Bhasker had raised his voice on Twitter for the leader of the IYC and once again “stood up” for the cause. In doing so, she alleged that the government let its citizens die in the midst of the pandemic and that it is Congress that is selflessly helping the people.
Raise your voice for the people who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help the citizens left to die by the government. they trusted! @srinivasiyc & his team #SOSIYC have done the yeomen a heroic service in these dark times! More power for you Srinivas ji & @IYC #IStandWithIYC ??
– Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) May 14, 2021
Congress leader P Chidambaram also extended his support for Srinivas while humiliating Delhi police.
Shame on Delhi police questioning IYC Chairman BV Srinivas
How can you interrogate someone without FIR?
Is there an FIR? That the Delhi Police make the FIR public.
The Delhi police will never live through this shameful attempt to suppress humanitarian work.
– P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) May 14, 2021
Favorite INC cartoonist Satish Acharya also published a cartoon the same day Swara Bhasker and P Chidambaram expressed support for the INC youth leader.
– Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) May 14, 2021
The Tweet received 15,000 likes and nearly 4,000 shares.
Role of “party sympathizers”
The campaign was further intensified by congressional supporters and party workers who not only amplified the messages but at the same time spared no effort to slander the government to such an extent that it appeared nothing less than sycophancy.
Congressman Bunty Shelke, who was seen creating a ruckus at Nagpur Municipality by threatening to “burn them down,” shared a cartoon showing Srinivas as a superhero.
Name: – Srinivas BV
Crime: – Saving lives
– Bunty Shelke (@Buntyshelke_inc) May 14, 2021
Srinivas is now also seen as the obvious “oxygen man” in the Tweet below. The Tweet highlights the attempt to create a parallel government rather than working in sync with the current government to help those in need.
Most of you would have encountered this name during this time of the covid pandemic. It works as a parallel government providing aid to all those who have asked Kashmir’s SOSIYC for help in Kanyakumari. Proud to say he is our president.@srinivasiyc pic.twitter.com/GSVV7CwQZw
– JS Akhil (@JSAkhilINC) May 11, 2021
An INC spokesperson even created a video pitting Srinivas against BJP’s Tejasvi Surya by humiliating the latter and attacking him using selective imagery to target his ideology.
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Another concerning issue is how the toolkit directs congressional workers to “stranded beds” in “friendly hospitals,” to be handed over to specific individuals chosen by Congress.
In their quest to launch an attack on BJP and PM Modi, congressional leaders worked with local leaders to block beds and other facilities in some “friendly” hospitals, which were only to be made available. at their request, according to the alleged toolbox.
“Get in touch with local political leaders at ground level in cities to keep some beds and other facilities blocked at friendly hospitals, to be released only at our request,” one of the captions reads under “Amplify the work.” of the border organizations of the Congress â.
It is nothing but blatant racketeering as the general public struggles to find beds in hospitals.
Meanwhile, AICC President Rajeev Gowda has threatened to sue key BJP leaders including JP Nadda and Sambit Patra, alleging that the toolkit is not original and has been put in place. by the BJP.