Amid the political heat over Congress requisitioning buses for the stranded migrant workers, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday attacked the Uttar Pradesh government, accusing it of “crossing all limits” and asking it to put “BJP banners” on the buses, but not reject the help for the migrant workers.
In a series of tweets, Priyanka Gandhi, who is also in-charge of the party’s eastern UP, said: “The state government has crossed all the limits. When we got a chance to sideline political differences to help the migrant workers, all kinds of obstacles have been created.
“Yogi Adityanath ji, if you want, then put up BJP banners and posters on the buses, but don’t reject our services because three days have been wasted in this political nonsense and in those days, many migrants have lost their lives.”
In her tweet, Priyanka Gandhi also tagged a video of Congress workers arguing with the UP police at the state’s borders, asking them to allow the buses.
The politics over the buses for stranded migrant workers heated up on Tuesday as the Congress accused the Uttar Pradesh government of not allowing the vehicles arranged by the state party, asserting that around 500 buses were stopped at the UP-Rajasthan border towards Agra.
Priyanka Gandhi’s personal aide Sandeep Singh asked the UP government to allow the buses to pass through Noida and Ghaziabad.
Earlier in the day, the UP government asked Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to provide a list of party-organised buses for ferrying migrants to the district magistrates of Ghaziabad and Noida, just as it appeared that the issue was settled.
The UP government then alleged the list submitted by the Congress included registration numbers of cars, scooters and autos.
UP government spokesman Siddhartha Nath Singh said in Lucknow the Congress deserved condemnation for this kind of ‘fraud and forgery’. “Congress president Sonia Gandhi should respond to the actions of her children, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi”, he added.
Meanwhile, the Congress released the video of buses parked at the state’s border near Agra. In the evening, UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu was detained by the state police.