The Janata Dal (United) (JDU) today slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for making the tall claim that the Delhi government bore the cost of sending migrant workers back home in Bihar from Delhi. The party ruling Bihar said the AAP spoke “half-truth” by first announcing it would reimburse the train fare and then asking the Bihar government to bear the cost.
It turns out that the Delhi government’s state machinery was involved in propagating the falsehood too. The letter attached here is from the nodal officer of the government of Delhi to the principal secretary of Bihar, claiming that the AAP government would be footing the bill.
The JDU accused the AAP of taking recourse to “cheap politics to gain popularity”.
The AAP had yesterday claimed that the Kejriwal government had paid for the migrant labourers travelling home since the Bihar government did not care. “The train carrying 1,200 migrant labourers left for Muzaffarpur, Bihar today. The Arvind Kejriwal government will bear their full travel cost,” Delhi minister Gopal Rai had tweeted on Friday.
JDU spokesman Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, in a sharp retort to the AAP, said today, “First of all, they (Delhi government) paid the fare and later its minister Gopal Rai posted it on Twitter.”
“Subsequently the Delhi government sent a letter to Bihar government asking it to reimburse the fare incurred by them… Gopal Rai just told the half-truth to the people through his post,” Prasad said.
The JDU spokesman said such gimmicks were meant to gain cheap popularity.
The Bihar government has categorically stated that it will bear the full expenses of only such people who complete 21 days at its quarantine centres. They will get additional assistance of Rs 500 each, it said. Every migrant labourer will get minimum assistance of Rs 1,000, it announced.
JDU slams Tejashwi Yadav too
The party headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took on Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Tejashwi Yadav in the same breath. lalu Yadav’s son had attacked the NDA over the issue, calling it “insensitive“. Yadav tweeted, “Thank you so much @ArvindKejriwal Ji. We are sorry for the insensitivity shown by Bihar govt. As a responsible opposition, we offer our support in terms of financial contribution in taking back migrant Bihari workforce. Please let us know the modalities of transferring the money.”
“Dear @NitishKumar Ji! Stop acting like a Pvt Ltd Co. We are a welfare state & therefore it’s our responsibility to look after people. As per MHAs directive, do send us the list of passengers so that we can directly pay to the sending state. Our party is committed to serving poor,” Tejashwi Yadav had said in another tweet.
The JDU asked Yadav Jr to “stop the rhetoric and do something good for the people of Bihar”.
“First, you (Yadav) talked about giving 50 buses (for ferrying stranded students from Kota to Bihar), then paying fare for 200 trains… your list of promises is becoming endless. First of all, you should appear before the people in this hour of crisis,” Prasad said.
The NDA leaders have been lampooning the RJD leader for staying in Delhi and resorting to “Twitter politics” to register his presence in Bihar. The assembly polls in Bihar are slated at the end of this year.