Kohima: The Nagaland state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has backed the letter written by its national president Jagat Prakash Nadda to interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday. In the letter, Nadda urged the opposition party to stop “misleading people” and “creating false panic” while the nation battles against COVID-19.

The letter to the Congress came a day after the Congress Working Committee passed a resolution which called the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as a “grave calamity and direct consequence of the Modi government’s indifference, insensitivity, and incompetence”.

Addressing a press conference at the BJP’s state head office in Kohima, Nini Cheng, state BJP co-chief spokesperson, defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that under his leadership, the largest vaccination drive is being carried out. She added that around 4 crore people were vaccinated across the country in nine days.

Cheng also highlighted the central government’s plan of setting up 551 PSA oxygen generation plants across the country through the PM CARES fund, supplying medical equipment to the states and even setting up train isolation coaches.

She said that one must “be logical”, further adding that in a country with around 1.38 billion people, challenged with disregard to public hygiene and lack of civic senses, the situation could have been even worse. Cheng also said that the health infrastructure of the country over the 70 years, under the congress regime, has turned out to be inadequate.

Further, she added that when neighbouring countries like Pakistan have extended solidarity towards India in the fight against COVID-19, all Indians must come together irrespective of political interests.

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Nagaland BJP unit spokesperson Samuel Sumi also criticised the Congress party for “irresponsible politicking” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Saying that the present government is doing its best to contain the spread of the virus, he urged all sensible citizens to support the government, rather than trying to play “proxy war”.

According to him, there is an expectation to control COVID-19 spread by July-August this year saying that it will not be possible without public cooperation. He added that the BJP Nagaland will also soon be conducting charity drives across the state.

W Ngampa Konyak, spokesperson of the party lauded the BJP government for doing “great”. He slammed the Congress party for demoralising the COVID warriors and the BJP government in fighting COVID-19.

BJP to provide free meal to frontline workers

State BJP co-chief spokesperson Nini Cheng told reporters that the state BJP ST Morcha will be distributing a one-time meal to frontline workers across the state by May 15. In this regard, she added that the party has been receiving donations in kind from well wishers and party karyakartas.

She also informed that the Mahila Morcha will be distributing free masks to the public, and the Youth wing — BJYM — will continue with its blood donation camps.



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