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Central govt failed migrants, crisis grave, says Capt

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Chandigarh, May 17

Taking strong exception to the Union Finance Minister's criticism of the Congress party's humanitarian efforts to help the distressed migrants, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday blamed the BJP government at the Centre and in states for aggravating the migrant crisis and politicising such a grave issue.

'BJP PLAYING POLITICS'

The BJP govt at the Centre and in states is to blame for politicising the matter. The Congress government, on the other hand, is supporting migrants. My government arranged 149 trains to ferry 1,78,909 migrants to their native states till May 16.

Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister

The Congress, including all party-led states, were working day and night to support the migrant labourers, with his own government having already arranged 149 trains to ferry 1,78,909 migrants to their native states till May 16, said the Chief Minister, adding that the process of facilitating the labourers to go to their homes was still continuing in Punjab.

Reacting strongly to Nirmala Sitharaman's "uncalled-for" comment that Sonia should have asked her CMs to help the migrants, Capt Amarinder said the Congress president had been holding regular interactions with the party CMs on this and other critical lockdown related issues.

He said instead of ridiculing Rahul, who came out on the roads to extend support to the migrants, Nirmala should have spoken to the BJP-led UP Government to allow entry to the buses arranged by Priyanka Gandhi to transport migrants.

Sent 1.8L at own cost: Jakhar

The state government has so far arranged to send 1.8 lakh migrant labourers to their native places at its own cost, PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar reminded the Union Finance Minister. Contrary to the daily announcements, the workers have not received any help from the Modi government, he alleged.



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