Adityanath remark on migrant workers misleading: Cong

Adityanath remark on migrant workers misleading, anti-Dalit: Cong

On Tuesday, All India Congress Committee (AICC) office-bearer P L Punia said Adityanath’s “misleading statement” could lead to “social hatred”. (Credit: PTI Photo)

The Congress on Tuesday accused Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of targeting Dalits by saying that a large proportion of migrant workers returning home to the state are infected with coronavirus.

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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had on Monday taken on Adityanath over his remark that 75 percent of UP workers returning from Mumbai are infected, questioning the math.

In a video clip, Adityanath was also heard saying that 50 percent of workers returning from Delhi have coronavirus and 25-30 percent from other states are similarly infected.

On Tuesday, All India Congress Committee (AICC) office-bearer P L Punia said Adityanath’s “misleading statement” could lead to “social hatred”.

He said most migrant workers are Dalits or belong to “backward castes”.

“This statement by the chief minister would send a message among people that they are bringing the disease with them. This amounts to conspiring against Dalits and the backwards,” Punia, who is the in-charge at AICC for Chhattisgarh.

Congress legislature party leader Aradhana Misra also questioned the statistics.

She said according to the government a little above 6,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the state, but going by what Adityanath said the figure should be 10 lakh.

Priyanka Gandhi had made a similar point on Twitter.

Misra said if there is any truth in the CM's claim, the government needs to undertake testing with transparency and tell people about its preparedness to deal with the situation.

Punia also attacked the government for the arrest of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Kumar Lallu, claiming he has been punished for serving poor labourers.

“The Yogi government is doing injustice to our leader and this will not be tolerated,” he said.

Lallu was booked for cheating and forgery over a list of buses on which Congress had recently offered to bring migrant workers to Uttar Pradesh.

The UP government had claimed that a large number of buses lacked insurance papers and fitness certificates.

Several registration numbers in the list were not even buses, it said during the row with the Congress. 

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