Congress withdraws buses for migrants, hits out at UP govt for ‘drama’ | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Claiming “selfless service” behind the Congress offer to provide buses to ferry migrants in Uttar Pradesh, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday said the state government’s decision to turn it into a political drama had denied around a lakh migrants the chance to escape the misery of walking the highways and reaching home safely.
Shortly before the three-day standoff ended with Congress withdrawing the buses stationed at UP border, Priyanka, in a surprise address on the party’s social media platforms, appealed to UP CM Yogi Adityanath that “it was time to rise above politics” and help migrants who were trudging home in the scorching heat.
“If on May 17, the 500 buses provided by us at the Ghaziabad border had plied, at least 20,000 people would have reached home safely. If the 900 buses provided by us yesterday had been allowed, 72,000 people would have reached home safely in two days. But we were stuck in political drama,” she lamented, urging political parties to “understand their responsibility” for the people who are the “backbone of India”.
Training her guns at the UP government, Priyanka said the CM had accepted Congress’s offer and sought a list of buses and drivers, but later asked questions which did not allow the issue to move further. “While we are stuck in this political drama and you are issuing strange comments and raising different issues, we could have transported at least 92,000 people home,” she said.
Priyanka said Congress has been doing selfless service since the announcement of lockdown, pegging the number of people helped at 67 lakh.
Meanwhile, Congress functionary Pankaj Punia’s derogatory remarks against BJP members led to a furore with the saffron party asking Priyanka to explain as if she agreed with the comments.
While attacking the UP government over buses for migrant labourers, Punia on Tuesday had tweeted and mentioned Lord Ram to which several people reacted strongly and questioned why Congress had neither taken any action against Punia nor any senior functionary expressed regret over the remarks.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted a photo of Punia, who is an AICC member, with Rahul Gandhi and said, “Respected Priyanka Gandhi ji, this man is a close associate of your brother. He has inflicted disgusting insult on daughters, Lord Ram and saffron through his tweet. You are also a daughter… do you agree with such remarks? However, it is a known fact that your family hates Lord Ram.”


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