UP ministers defend govt from ‘bus’ attack

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UP ministers defend govt from ‘bus’ attack

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

There cabinet ministers came to firefight for the Uttar Pradesh government over the controversy around the Congress offer to provide buses for migrant workers, alleging that the leaders of the grand old party had fooled the people to gain political mileage.
“What the Congress did was a criminal offence,” said Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma after it surfaced that the vehicle details provided by the Congress to the state government included tempos, autos, ambulances and cars.
Speaking to news persons on Tuesday, Sharma said that the Congress chose to mislead not only the Bharatiya Janata Party government but also the people of the state in a national crisis.
“The government has a plan and is working accordingly but the Congress jumped into it to reap political mileage out of it. This is not acceptable and the Congress must rectify its conduct,” he said.
The deputy chief minister said that 200 buses of UP Road Transport Corporation were parked at inter-state borders and local officials were ensuring transit of migrant workers smoothly. 
Meanwhile, through a series of tweets, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that misleading people by telling lies was in the DNA of the Congress.
Tweeting in Hindi, Maurya said, “Now, ‘bus ghotala’ (bus scam) is the latest addition to the Bofors, 2G, Coalgate and Commonwealth Games scams. The Congress is making fun of labourers by providing details of auto-rickshaws and motorcycles in the name of buses.”
In another tweet, he posted, “The Congress has got trapped in its own net of ‘chaal’ (deceit). There is a scam even in the list of buses.”
Jal Shakti Minister Mahendra Singh in another press conference said that the UP government made arrangements to help the poor migrants.
“First Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sought permission to run 1,000 buses and then gave a list which turned out to be of autos, three-wheelers and ambulances. Congress played a dirty joke with the migrant workers,” he said.
Meanwhile, government spokesman and MSME Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said that the government was within its right to ask for fitness certificates of buses.
“A list was provided by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and the ghotala came to the fore in that list,” he said.

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