Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said its leader Rahul Gandhi is doing a “drama” and asked the political parties to refrain from politicising the plight of migrant workers and behave responsibly on the issue.
Sitharaman after announcing the Rs 20-lakh crore economic package said the government would seek cooperation from all parties including the Congress to resolve the issue.
The Centre has already informed all states that about 1,500 trains are available to carry migrant workers to their destination based on the request from the respective states, she said when asked to comment on the Congress’ criticism about economic package and the handling of migrant workers.
She wondered as to why the Congress or their alliance-ruled states is not requesting for more trains and help their own migrant labours reach their home.
“Rather they are adding to the misery of migrant labours, who is walking on their foot to their home, by stopping them and talking. It would be much better if they could walk along with them and also carry their yoke or their children,” she said while referring to Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with a group migrant workers fleeing to their home state on Saturday.
“They are calling us dramabaaz. What happened yesterday by stopping migrants and interacting with them on the road and wasting their time? Aren’t they dramabaaz?” she quipped.
Earlier this week, the Congress had said the government’s economic package has so far fallen way short of what the prime minister had promised the nation and dubbed it as a “jumla package”. “I request Congress president Sonia Gandhi that let us speak responsibly and let us deal with our migrant workers more responsibly,” she said.
She also dared the Congress to declare that migrant workers are in a very comfortable state in states ruled by their party.