Amid row over buses arranged by her party for migrants in Uttar Pradesh, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday asked the Yogi Adityanath government to allow the buses to ply even if it means “pasting BJP flags on these buses”.
In a video message, Vadra said, ‘At 4 pm, it will be 24-hours since the buses were made available. If you want to use it, do it. Give us permission. If you want to use BJP party flags and stickers on the buses then do it. If you want to say that you made those buses available, do it. But let the buses run. Please let us get the migrants home.”
“We will have to understand our responsibilities. They (migrant labourers) aren’t just Indians but India’s backbone. The country runs on their blood and sweat. It is everyone’s responsibility. It is not the time for politics,” she added.
उप्र सरकार ने हद कर दी है। जब राजनीतिक परहेजों को परे करते हुए त्रस्त और असहाय प्रवासी भाई बहनों को मदद करने का मौका मिला तो दुनिया भर की बाधाएँ सामने रख दिए। @myogiadityanath जी इन बसों पर आप चाहें तो भाजपा का बैनर लगा दीजिए, अपने पोस्टर बेशक लगा दीजिए लेकिन हमारे सेवा भाव..1/2 pic.twitter.com/4SW3cax2H5
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) May 19, 2020
The Congress had offered the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh 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. The government accepted the proposal on Monday and asked the Congress party to share the details of buses and the drivers, but later demanded that they hand over the 1,000 proposed buses to officials in Lucknow by 10 am. To this, the Congress accused the BJP of playing politics saying taking empty buses to Lucknow from state borders will be of no use. The Congress also provided the list of buses to the state government.
However, on Tuesday, 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.