The UP government in a letter has asked Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to arrange for 1,000 buses. The letter said the 500 buses be arranged by noon in Ghaziabad and another 500 to the District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar.
The letter comes amid Gandhi accusing the Yogi Adityanath-led government of playing politics after the latter demanded that the buses be made available in Lucknow. Gandhi had earlier offered 1,000 buses to ferry migrants to UP and the Yogi Adityanath-led government had on Monday accepted the Congress’ offer.
The offer has since created a war of words between Gandhi and the UP government. On the latest demand to make the buses available at a particular place, Priyanka alleged it showed the UP government lacked the intention to help those stranded at the state’s borders.
Gandhi’s private secretary Sandeep Singh said the letter from the UP govt had demanded that 1,000 buses with all documents be handed over at Lucknow by 10 am on Tuesday.
“In a situation when thousands of workers are walking on the streets and several others gathered at the UP borders at various registration centres, sending 1,000 empty buses to Lucknow is not only a waste of time and resources but is also inhuman and the product of an anti-poor mindset,” Singh said.