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UP News: Autorickshaw, car numbers on Priyanka Gandhi bus list for migrant workers | India News


LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government said on Tuesday that the list of 1,000 buses offered by Congress to transport migrant workers contained registration numbers for two-wheelers and automobiles, fueling a war of words between the two sides.
However, Congress challenged the UP government to conduct a “physical check” of the buses it has brought to the state border to bring stranded UP workers home.
Uttar Pradesh deputy prime minister Keshav Prasad Maurya accused the party of inventing a scam. “Congress was caught in its own web of deception,” he tweeted in Hindi.
The UP government’s claim rekindled the dispute over the offer made on May 16 by Congress Secretary-General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to provide 1,000 buses for migrant workers.
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Initially, Congress claimed that the state BJP government was ignoring the offer with Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath, even refusing to give an appointment to a party delegation seeking a meeting.
Even while accusing Congress of playing politics because of the plight of workers heading home after the coronavirus closed, the UP government formally accepted the offer on Monday.
He asked Congress to present a list of the buses, their drivers, and drivers.
But that was not the end of the line.
In an email received by Priyanka Gandhi’s private secretary on Monday at 11.40 p.m., the Uttar Pradesh government asked the opposition party to send the buses to Lucknow by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, according to Congress.
The adviser responded to the UP government saying that sending empty buses to Lucknow was “inhumane” and the “product of an anti-poor mindset” when thousands of workers gathered at UP’s borders.
“This demand from your government seems politically motivated. It does not appear that your government wants to help our working brothers and sisters facing disaster,” the letter said in Hindi.
UP’s additional chief secretary (Home and Information), Awanish Awasthi, responded to the letter from Congress and agreed to take over the buses at the border.
“According to his letter dated May 19, he has expressed his inability to provide buses in Lucknow and wishes to provide them in Ghaziabad and Noida,” he wrote.
He asked that 500 of the buses be parked at the Kaushambi and Sahibabad bus stops, where the Ghaziabad district magistrate will take charge of them.
He said the other 500 buses should be parked on the ground near Expo Mart in Gautam Buddh Nagar, and delivered to the district magistrate there.
Awasthi said district magistrates have been instructed to use the buses immediately after verifying the crew’s permits, fitness, insurance and driver’s licenses.
Later, the state government said the 1,000-bus list contained the registration number of other vehicles, rekindling the row on the buses.
“On the list of buses provided by Congress, there are motorcycles, three-wheelers, an ambulance and private cars,” said Mrityunjay Kumar, the prime minister’s media adviser.
He listed the registration numbers of an ambulance, a car, and four three-wheelers.
He said the details were retrieved through mParivahan, an application that allows people instant access to such information.
A spokesman for UP Congress questioned the claim.
“There are 1,000 buses. If the UP government has any questions about them, then they can carry out a physical check of the vehicles at the state border,” he said.
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya accused Congress of carrying out another “scam”. “The g bus ghotaala ‘(bus scam) is now the latest addition to the Bofors, 2G, Coalgate and Commonwealth Games (scams),” he tweeted in Hindi.
“Congress is making fun of workers by providing details of autorickshaws and motorcycles on behalf of the buses. Fooling people by telling lies is in the DNA of the Congress party, “he said.
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