Political spat over Indian Youth Congress extending help to foreign missions

Indian Youth Congress on Saturday evening delivered oxygen cylinders to Philippines mission in New Delhi, which has led to a political furore between the BJP and the Congress.

Late within the evening, a mini provider drove via the gates of the embassy carrying oxygen cylinders and IYC employees demonstrated how to work the cylinder to an embassy employees

Tweeting a video of the help prolonged, IYC President Srinivas BV wrote, “#SOSIYC members at Embassy of the Philippines in New Delhi.”

The Facebook web page of IYC stated, “Now youth Congress is helping international community (Philippines embassy). Team members of #SOSIYC under the leadership of IYC President Srinivas BV ji delivers oxygen cylinders. Now youth Congress is helping international community (Philippines embassy). Team members of #SOSIYC under the leadership of IYC President Srinivas BV ji delivers oxygen cylinders.”

Ideally, foreign missions search help from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) since they’re the nodal ministry for worldwide representatives in India.

Senior Congress leaders and Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh took a jibe at External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar asking, the place the ministry was extending help to Foriegn missions.

“While I thank @IYC for its stellar efforts, as an Indian citizen I’m stunned that the youth wing of the opposition party is attending to SOS calls from foreign embassies. Is the MEA sleeping @DrSJaishankar?” requested Mr. Ramesh in a tweet

However, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar slammed the Congress of enjoying “cheap” politics and defined that the availability to the foreign mission was “unsolicited” as there aren’t any Covid instances within the embassy at current.

“MEA checked with the Philippines Embassy. This was an unsolicited supply as they had no Covid cases. Clearly for cheap publicity by you know who. Giving away cylinders like this when there are people in desperate need of oxygen is simply appalling,” the External Affairs Minister stated in a tweet.

Adding, “Jairamji, MEA never sleeps; our people know across the world. MEA also never fakes; we know who does.”

India Today has learnt that there was no formal request of help from the Philippines embassy to the MEA or to any organisation. Sources knowledgeable that some Filipino from Manila known as up their pals and employees on the Philippines mission and supplied to present cylinders in case of an emergency.

When the cylinders arrived on the embassy, the employees was unaware of the political affiliations of the individuals who helped organise the oxygen cylinders.

However, this isn’t the one mission. New Zealand High Commission in New Delhi had put out an SOS message on twitter this morning to IYC President Srinivas for “urgent” help with oxygen cylinders. But, later deleted the tweet.

“@sosiyc @srinivasiyc Could you please help with oxygen cylinder urgently at the New Zealand High Commission? Thank you,” stated the tweet.

The mission then put out one other tweet saying, “We are trying all sources to arrange for oxygen cylinders urgently and our appeal has unfortunately been misinterpreted, for which we are sorry.”

Meanwhile, help had already reached the New Zealand High Commision and Srinivas requested the mission to open the gates so lives may very well be saved.

“We have reached New Zealand High Commission with oxygen cylinders. Please open the gates and save a soul on time. #SOSIYC,” he tweeted.

The mission opened the gates and obtained the oxygen cylinders.

“Update- New Zealand high commission opened gates of the embassy and accepted cylinders. Also, they thanked the #SOSIYC team for this quick relief as patient inside embassy was critically ill,” tweeted Srinivas.

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