Congress president Sonia Gandhi has called for a meeting of all opposition parties on May 22 to discuss the plight of migrant workers. The pandemic and the resultant lockdown has led to migrants travelling across the length and breadth of the country, many times on foot, to reach their homes. The Centre has come under severe criticism for its handling of the crisis.
News reports said that the virtual meeting with Gandhi is aimed at finding a solution to the problem of migrants and farmers. So far 17 Opposition parties have agreed to participate in the meeting, which will also discuss the suspension of labour laws in BJP-ruled states.
The Samajwadi Party, a former ally of the Congress has not confirmed its participation. It is also not clear if the Bahujan Samaj Party will be participating in the meet too.
Sources said the Congress chief personally called several Opposition leaders to seek their help in finding a strategy to address the issue of stranded migrants.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and CPI leader D Raja have both publicly confirmed their participation.