Coronavirus pushes BJP, Congress to stop politics, do relief work

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NEW DELHI: The two biggest political parties – BJP and Congress – have put aside their respective major political works and shifted focus on relief works in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak and the ensuing lockdown since March 25.
The public meetings, protests, demonstrations or even membership drives have been stopped ever since Janta Curfew was observed on March 22.
The regular group meetings of the two parties are off for now.
However, much of the focus of the two biggest national parties has shifted towards carrying our relief works for the people who have been hit by the lockdown. The political programmes have been replaced by social service, particularly for the migrant workers and the needy.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Talking to the, BJP national general secretary in charge of West Bengal, Kailash Vijayvargiya, informed that party president JP Nadda does eight to ten video calls every day to talk to party workers.
Vijayvargiya said, “For example, Nadda talks to national general secretaries at least every alternate day. He also talks to other office-bearers, members of different cells and departments such as lawyers, doctors, chartered accountants and other professionals, all the party MPs and MLAs from different states.”
He said normal political activities such as public meetings and rallies, membership drive, political demonstrations and protests have been called off. The main focus Nadda's meetings with party functionaries is to chalk out strategies to ameliorate the condition of the migrant workers and other poor sections of the society. “For example, our party workers are helping the poor to get ration cards made,” he said.
On his political engagements, Vijayvargiya said even though he is in his hometown Indore since lockdown, he keeps talking to the MPs, MLAs, office-bearers and members of different cells and departments of West Bengal BJP regularly on video call.
“Besides the relief measures, we also discuss political programmes in West Bengal, which goes to polls next year. We decide about holding protests against the Mamata Banerjee government through slogans and placards at the booth level,” he said, adding that meetings are being held to inform the people about the Modi governments achievements.
While carrying out all these activities, the party workers wear masks and maintain social distancing, Vijayvargiya said.
Indias principal opposition party has put a stop on all political activities.
A senior Congress functionary told on the condition of anonymity that it was not the time for politics but to do something positive. “Politics can wait. It is the time bring relief to those who have been worst affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic,” he said.
He claimed that the state units of Congress are carrying out relief work on the ground and supporting the migrant workers by providing them food, water and shelter.
The senior functionary said political activity of a different nature was in progress. For example, the Haryana Congress contributed a cheque for Rs 40 lakh to Haryana chief minister ML Khattar earlier this week.
He said as far as top leadership is concerned, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has been holding meetings through video conferencing with leaders such as the party office-bearers, in-charges of departments, state unit chiefs and general secretaries on every alternate day.
Similarly, he said, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has also been active during this lockdown period. He has already held three press conferences – two with Delhi journalists and one on Saturday with the regional correspondents.
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