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'Don't politicise migrants issue': Furious Finance Minister Sitharaman blasts Rahul Gandhi, Congress

'Don't politicise migrants issue': Furious Finance Minister Sitharaman blasts Rahul Gandhi, Congress”

NEW DELHI| Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today urged the government to reconsider it's 20 lakh crore package for the coronavirus pandemic.

The Congress has been for quite some time seeking permission to ply their buses to transport migrant labourers to their homes.

Dressed in black trousers and white kurta, he talked to the workers and heard their grievances.

The Congress later alleged that police tried to detain the migrant workers who interacted Rahul Gandhi - a charge denied by the Delhi Police. The meeting took place as they sat on the footpath on Mathura road in the national capital.

Sitharaman also asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to join the efforts of the government in handling the migrants issue and to deal with them more responsibly.

"It was nice talking to him".

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"Because if we do not, we will have a catastrophic result". Party volunteers later arranged vehicles to take them to their homes. "All the injured must get proper treatment", Gandhi said.

Party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra later tweeted thanking Rahul Gandhi and saying that someone has to talk to these migrant labourers and hear their ordeal. Their suffering has to be shared.

"I want to tell the Opposition party that on the issue to migrants we all must work together". Rahul Gandhi is a leader, a parliamentarian and as an Indian citizen it is his right to express his views and engage.

A Delhi Congress leader said that Gandhi was passing from Sukhdev Vihar when he spotted the migrant workers stopped by the police. He has assured all help to them in this time of distress. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, Chief Anil Chaudhary, "They were being detained, later, police allowed them to leave". "He gave us food, water and mask", said Devendra, a migrant labourer.

These include income support to 13 crore poorest households by transferring Rs 7,500 preferably to each household, besides doubling the days under MGNREGA from the current 100 days of guaranteed wage employment to 200 days, ensuring food security for even the 11 crore people now outside PDS by providing them with free ration for six months and Rs 10,000 as urgent income support to each of the 8.22 crore PM Kisan Yojana accounts, he said.



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