Srinagar: The Kashmir unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday stoked a controversy after distributing 4500 Covid care kits among the party’s district leaders, claiming the kits have been purchased from the directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM).
According to reports, the senior leaders of BJP’s Kashmir unit, including Altaf Thakur, Dr. Ali Mohammed and others on Saturday held an event at party’s Jawahar Nagar office in which youth presidents from other districts of the Valley also participated.
The event inaugurated by BJP youth wing leader Bilal Parray, was aimed to distribute 4500 Covid care kits, consisting masks, medicines, oximeters and medicines “purchased from ISM” to the district presidents.
Senior BJP leader Altaf Thakur told Kashmir Observer that like last year, his party distributed ration, sanitizers and masks besides Ayush medicines that boost immunity among the people under home quarantine.
“We sent all these medicines to the people under home quarantine in villages and far flung areas where administration could not reach. Our youth wing has purchased these medicines from ISM. We received these medicines after paying in cash,” he said.
However, refuting Thakur’s claim that the immune boosters have been purchased by the BJP’s youth wing, Director ISM, Dr Mohan Singh told Kashmir Observer that on the directive of the government of India, these covid-19 kits have to be supplied free of cost to anyone.
“The 4500 Covid care kits that BJP distributed today were also provided to them by ISM for free,” he said.
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