Meanwhile, Congress has denied making any such toolkit and accused the BJP of creating a ‘fake toolkit’. The party said that its research wing made a toolkit on the Central Vista Project which the BJP 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.
Friends yesterday Congress wanted to know who’s the Author of the toolkit.Pls check the properties of the Paper.A… https://t.co/TeNLkAzvWf
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) 1621398421000
However, Gowda said that Patra was sharing metadata of a real toolkit and using it as evidence for a fake document.
How did it start?
The controversy started on May 18 after some BJP leaders shared screenshots of a toolkit on Twitter allegedly created by a research cell of the Congress party led by Rajeev Gowda.
Friends look at the #CongressToolKit in extending help to the needy during the Pandemic!More of a PR exercise with… https://t.co/AjaHsRRa8o
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) 1621316128000
Dividing society and spewing venom against others….Congress is a master at this. India is seeing Congress’ antics,… https://t.co/QUGWLmeGFv
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) 1621328330000
The GOP @INCIndia questioned #PMCares , doubted experts , encouraged vaccine hesitancy , invented ventilator contro… https://t.co/FA8T3URzdB
— B L Santhosh (@blsanthosh) 1621324666000
Congress files FIR against BJP president
The Congress then accused the BJP of propagating a “fake toolkit” to defame it and said it would lodge a police complaint against the ruling party chief JP Nadda and its spokesperson Sambit Patra.
The opposition party alleged on its Twitter handle that instead of helping people during the Covid-19 pandemic, the BJP is stooping to low-level politics.
AICC Research Dept Chairman Shri @rajeevgowda & INC SM Chairman Shri @rohanrgupta have filed an FIR against BJP Pre… https://t.co/BBkxnRQUHJ
— Congress (@INCIndia) 1621341920000
Several Congress leaders denied BJP’s allegations and accused the ruling party of indulging in ‘low politics’ at a time of crisis.
Dear all,Ask yourself, over the past few weeks thousands of you received help from #SOSIYC when GOI was sleeping.… https://t.co/yhhwrA8jkd
— Srinivas B V (@srinivasiyc) 1621331852000
Don’t waste time spreading lies, wake up and start saving lives. https://t.co/4v6eQ1zV2m
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) 1621340160000
BJP is propagating a fake “toolkit” on “COVID-19 mismanagement” & attributing it to AICC Research Department. We ar… https://t.co/ulW0HM8lGl
— Rajeev Gowda (@rajeevgowda) 1621321866000
The party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Soon after the BJP forged the ‘fake toolkit’, all its ‘fake devotees’ and ‘friends in the media’ came out to set the agenda.”
“We are going to file a case against BJP president JP Nadda and his spokespersons, but the truth about their misdeeds will not be left hidden,” he said.