New Delhi May 19th
After Yogi’s comment on Congress’ offer to help, the party sent a list of buses to the UP government. However, now reports have surfaced that the buses list which has been provided to the UP government also consists of bikes, autos and 4-wheelers such as cars. Meanwhile, the UP government is cross-checking the list of buses provided by the Congress party before putting them for migrants service. The state government had asked Priyanka Gandhi, who had made the offer, to provide it with a list of buses along with the names of their drivers and conductors.
Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s office on Tuesday said the Uttar Pradesh government has demanded that the 1,000 buses the party wants to ply for ferrying migrant labourers back to the state be handed over in Lucknow this morning and alleged that the move is politically motivated.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday had accepted 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.
In a letter to Additional Chief Secretary Avneesh Kumar Awasthi, Priyanka Gandhi’s private secretary Sandeep Singh said a letter was received from the UP official at 11.40 am via email, in which it has been stated that 1,000 buses with all documents be handed over at Lucknow by 10 am on Tuesday. “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 said.
Subsequently, her private secretary Singh had given details of the buses and its drivers to the UP government in an email. “All details of the 1,000 buses are attached to this e-mail. Out of them, a few drivers will be reverified and those details will also be mailed to you in a few hours. I hope you will give permission for those buses to ply as soon as possible,” Priyanka Gandhi’s private secretary Sandeep Singh said in the communication to the UP government on Monday.
The Congress leader had recently written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, seeking permission to run 1,000 buses at her party’s expense.
“The offer made to the chief minister through the letter on May 16 in connection with migrant labourers has been accepted,” Additional Chief Secretary Awasthi (Home and Information) had said in a letter to Priyanka Gandhi’s private secretary.
A little later on Twitter, Priyanka Gandhi, who is the Congress general secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, had thanked Adityanath. “Thank you for allowing us to run 1,000 buses at the expense of the Congress to help thousands of brothers and sisters walking on the roads in Uttar Pradesh,” she had tweeted in Hindi.