If she wants, I can walk to Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi on Sitharaman’s dramebaazi jibe

During the live video press conferenceon Tuesday, referring to Sitharaman’s jibe, Rahul Gandhi said, “If she wants, I can go walking all the way to Uttar Pradesh.”

Rahul Gandhi spoke to migrant labourers walking on the roads towards their home states. (Video grab)

Days after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman called Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with migrant labourers “dramebaazi”, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said he is willing to walk all the way up to Uttar Pradesh if she wants.

During the live video press conference with reporters on Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi said, “If she wants, I can go walking all the way to Uttar Pradesh. Let them permit me.”

Sitharaman had said earlier, “They are adding to misery of migrant labourers, who are walking on their foot to their home by stopping them and talking. It would be much better if they could walk along with them and also carry their yoke or their children”.

“They are calling us dramabaaz. What happened yesterday by stopping migrants and interacting with them on the road and wasting their time? Aren’t they dramabaaz,” asked Sitharaman at a press conference to announce the Centre’s economic measures to ease the crisis.

She was referring to Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with a group of migrant labourers on a road near Delhi where they were walking towards their home in other states.

Congress lashed out at Sitharaman’s reaction and asked if the minister is calling the plight of the homeless migrant labourers walking hundreds of kilometres, a drama.

The country will not spare Sitharaman for this insult of lakhs of migrant labourers and workers, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had said.

Surjewala said Rahul Gandhi met the migrants to share their pain in this hour of crisis.

Congress also said the government must answer and apologise to the poor citizens of India who have been left abandoned and their fundamental and legal rights snatched.

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