BJP Trying To Turn My ‘Empty Seats‘ Comment Into Controversy, Says IYC Chief Srinivas; Speaks On SOSIYC Services

| Updated: 06 January, 2022 6:03 pm IST

NEW DELHI: Day after Indian Youth Congress (IYC) chief Srinivas BV stirred a controversy after asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi “howz the josh” after he decided to return from Punjab without attending his public meeting, the youth leader on Thursday clarified that he made remarks on the empty chairs in the state and not on his cavalcade getting stuck in traffic.

A massive political row erupted on Wednesday in Punjab after Modi’s cavalcade was stuck in traffic jam for over 15-20 minutes because of farmers’ protest on the highway.

The Home Ministry has described the incident as a massive security lapse.

Speaking to The New Indian here, Srinivas said, “I tweeted at 2.37 pm when all televisions were running empty chairs at the Prime Minister’s public meeting venue. The venue had very less turn-out. But it has been made into a controversy by the BJP’s IT Cell.”

He said that the televisions started running ‘breaking news’ of Modi deciding to return from Punjab after 2.40 pm.

“At around 2.40-2.45 pm, the news of the Prime Minister returning started playing. Several news agencies flashed rhe same news around 3 pm,” he said, adding that his tweet was not about the security lapse.

He further clarified that he even shared the screenshots of all television grabs to back his claim.

Modi was supposed to take a chopper but due to bad weather he had to take road route, the youth Congress leader said, adding, the BJP should instead ask the SPG as Punjab Police had deployed over 10,000 police personnel to take care of the security arrangements.

“It’s a drama by the BJP to create a controversy,” he added.

To a question that the IYC has once again started the services of #SOSIYC in view of third wave of Covid, he said, “During second wave, several people lost their lives. The government was also not fully prepared.”

“We were instructed by our former party chief, Rahul Gandhi, on March 7 last year to prepare for the second wave. So we began our efforts to provide hospital beds, oxygen cylinders and medicines,” Srinivas said.

“Now in view of the third wave (as cases have almost touched more than 90,000 cases today), we have prepared ourselves and decided to start #SOSIYC services once again,” he said.

The IYC will also focus on providing vaccination to people who are still left.

Taking a swipe at the government, Srinivas said that the government had stated in its affidavit in the Supreme Court that the entire population would be vaccinated by December 2021, but they failed.

On youth Congress preparation in view of third wave of Covid pandemic, Srinivas said, “We have formed a medical team to provide help to people in need and for counseling so that more people can be treated at home and they need not be admitted to hospitals.”

When pointed out about getting tagged on Twitter most last year in India, Srinivas said, “This is the beauty of the IYC that we have our presence in all parts of the country and we are the biggest youth organisation.”

The IYC, he stated, has a tradition of helping people. “During floods in Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and several other states. We are not only meant for holding protest, but to serve people,” he said.

“Even during the pandemic, people looked at us for help and we are fortunate that we were there for them during this hour of desperate need,” he added.

The IYC led by Srinivas was instrumental in providing oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, hospital beds, medicines and rations to people across the country during second wave of covid in March and April last year.

The IYC had also arranged for transportation of migrant workers during the first wave of the Covid in April and May 2020.

The IYC and its president Srinivas has been lauded for their works during the Covid pandemic.

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