Hours after a state minister accused the Congress of ‘farzivada’ in the list of buses arranged for the migrants by party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Uttar Pradesh police Tueday booked Vadra’s personal secretary and state Congress president Ajay Kumar among others, PTI reported.
Lallu, Vadra’s personal secretary Sandeep Singh and others were charged with forgery in an FIR registered at the Hazratganj police station.
The Uttar Pradesh government had accepted on Monday the Congress’ offer to run 1,000 buses to bring migrant labourers back to the state, a proposal which had triggered a war of words between the two sides.
Earlier today, state minister Sidharth Nath Singh alleged that the buses had registration numbers of scooters, three-wheelers and goods carriers. “In the preliminary checking of the numbers, it has been found that the numbers mentioned in the list as that of buses are actually of scooters, three-wheelers and goods carriers,” PTI quoted the minister as saying.
Alleging that the Congress had become the ‘farzivada’ of Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi, Singh said they had no sympathy for the migrants and just wanted to politicise their issue.
The development comes amid a fresh war of words between Congress and the Uttar Pradesh administration after the government demanded that the party handover the 1,000 proposed buses to officials Lucknow by 10 am.
.@myogiadityanath जी महामारी के समय इंसान की जिंदगी को बचाना, गरीबों की रक्षा करना, उनकी गरिमा की हिफाजत करना हमारा नैतिक दायित्व और अधिकार है।
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— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) May 18, 2020
Shooting off a letter to UP Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi, Priyanka’s private secretary Sandeep Singh an email was received from the UP official at 11.40 pm on Monday asking for the 1,000 buses to be handed over at Lucknow by 10 am on Tuesday.
“In a situation when thousands of workers are walking on the streets and thousands of people have gathered at the UP borders at various registration centres, sending 1,000 empty buses to Lucknow is not only a waste of time and resources but is also inhuman and the product of an anti-poor mindset,” Singh said.
“This demand of your government seems politically motivated. It does not seem that your government wants to help our labourer brothers and sisters who are facing a disaster,” the letter had said.
Soon after, the administration asked Priyanka Gandhi to provide the buses to the district magistrates of Ghaziabad and Noida.
In a letter to Priyanka’s private secretary, Awasthi said, “As per your letter, you have expressed your inability to provide buses in Lucknow, and want to provide them in Ghaziabad and Noida. Please provide 500 buses to the District Magistrate, Ghaziabad, by 12 noon. The DM Ghaziabad has been informed about this. The district administration will receive all the buses and utilise them.”
Yet another letter by @priyankagandhi ‘s office to the Uttar Pradesh government. Her office says the buses arranged by the party are yet to be given permission to enter UP by the Agra administration. The letter says buses have been waiting at the UP border at Agra. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/XbujiZI0I6
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The letter said the buses should be provided at Kaushambi and Sahibabad bus stands. “500 buses should be provided to the District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar at the ground near the Expo Mart,” the UP official said.
Later in the day, Priyanka Gandhi’s office shot off another letter to the Uttar Pradesh government, saying the buses arranged by the party were yet to be given permission to enter the state by the Agra administration.
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