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Congress MLA blows lid off Priyanka Vadra’s bus gimmick

Aditi Singh, Congress MLA from Nehru-Gandhi pocket borough Rae Bareli, has exposed the gimmick of her own party leader Priyanka Vadra to exploit the ongoing migrant worker crisis. Vadra had offered 1000 buses to the UP CM Yogi Adityanath to transport migrants, many of whom have decided to walk home from Congress+ ruled states like Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi after running out of food and shelter.

When the UP administration took Congress up on its offer and asked them to submit the list of 1000 buses without delay, Congress was left scrambling with its foot in its mouth – a good chunk of the vehicle registration numbers sent by Congress turned out to be unavailable in RTO database, or those of 3-wheelers, mini-vans or junk buses.

MLA Aditi Singh raised the issue in 2 tweets –

Questioning the need for such petty politics during an emergency pandemic situation, she asked why such a fraud was being perpetrated wherein junk buses, auto-rickshaws and ambulance-type vehicles, or vehicles without valid papers were provided. Even more pertinently, she asks if so many buses were available, why were they not put into service in states like Rajasthan, Punjab and Maharashtra.

It is pertinent to note that in the ghastly Auraiya accident in which 26 migrant laborers illegally travelling in a trailer truck were killed, a survivor said that the Bengali migrants had started their journey from Rajasthan and Rajasthan police had forced them to board the trailer truck on the Rajasthan-UP border. It is also well documented that Congress+ ruled states are barely utilising the Shramik Trains, both to send migrant labour back to their home states, or to accept their own people from other states.

Also, in complete abdication of their duty towards all Bharatiya citizens, Congress+ ruled states have abjectly failed to care for and fulfil basic needs of migrants workers, forcing many to flee in distress, unlike state governments like Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu which genuinely did all they could to assuage migrant distress. And now, when most of the country is limping back to normal, instead of encouraging migrants to get back to work, Congress is looking to drive them out for political gamesmanship without caring for the risk of Covid-19 spreading from cities to the hinterland.

In her second tweet, Aditi Singh said that when thousands of panicked students from UP were stuck in Kota, Rajasthan (a town famous for residential coaching centres), the Congress government in Rajasthan did not care to drop them to their homes or even till the border with UP. It was UP CM Yogi Adityanath who arranged buses overnight to bring the students home, an act also praised by the Rajasthan Chief Minister, she added.

Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency is considered a bastion of the Indian National Congress, with party President Sonia Gandhi holding that LS seat since 2004. Such a brutal expose coming from their own stronghold MLA is a crippling blow to whatever credibility the party is left with in UP.

(Featured image source: Indian Express)

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