Nirmala Sitharaman calls out Congress’s ‘dramabazi’ on migrant workers issue

Attacking to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the party leaders should help migrants reach their homes and try arranging more trains for them rather than “sitting beside, chatting with them and wasting their time”.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with migrant workers. (Photo: PTI)

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday lashed out at the Congress for calling the daily press conference on coronavirus economic package theatrics, saying what its leaders are doing is more like a “drama”.

Attacking to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Nirmala Sitharaman said that the party leaders should help migrants reach their homes and try arranging more trains for them rather than “sitting beside, chatting with them and wasting their time”.

“Why don’t Congress-ruled states to request for more trains so that more migrants can reach home. They call us dramebaaz. What about yesterday? They sat beside migrants who were walking back home and spoke to them. That is dramabaazi,” Nirmala Sitharaman said.

“It would have been better if he had walked alongside migrants, holding their children and suitcases,” Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Sitharaman’s statement comes a day after Rahul Gandhi was seen interacting with migrants in New Delhi. The labourers were reportedly walking back to their native homes when they decided to rest near the Sukhdev Vihar flyover on Mathura Road when the Congress leader spotted them.

Nirmala Sitharaman expressed concern over the plight of the migrant workers who are now walking back to their home and questioned why the Congress-ruled states are not asking for more trains to send more migrants safely back home.

She also hit out at the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over the migrants’ issue urging the opposition party to work together to tackle the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

With folded hands, Nirmala Sitharaman said: “I ask Sonia Gandhi ji; let us speak and deal with our migrants more responsibly.”

“I want to tell the Opposition party that on the issue to migrants we all must work together. We are working with all states on this issue,” Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Nirmala Sitharaman said this while answering a question during a press conference on Sunday. She was announcing the last tranche of the coronavirus economic relief package. She has now announced all the five tranches of the economic package worth Rs 20 lakh crore.

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