New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday launched a video of an interplay between former occasion chief Rahul Gandhi and a bunch of migrant staff strolling again to a village in Uttar Pradesh from Haryana amid the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.
The interplay passed off on Could 16 close to Sukhdev Vihar flyover in New Delhi. The migrant staff had been on their method from Ambala in Haryana to Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi, a distance of about 600 km.
Gandhi met them once they stopped to relaxation after strolling greater than 100 km.
Within the 17-minute video, Gandhi is seen sitting on a footpath with the migrants and interacting with them.
For nearly an hour, he listened to their story and hardships, the discrimination they confronted, their causes for deciding to flee their office, and why they had been compelled to stroll again to their properties, their fears, desires and aspirations, the Congress mentioned.
On the request of the group, Gandhi and Congress volunteers organised transport and needed permissions to get them again safely to their village, the occasion mentioned.
On arrival, they had been screened by native well being authorities and put into 21-day residence quarantine.
Quickly after the interplay on Could 16, the occasion alleged that Delhi Police had detained the employees.
The police, nonetheless, refuted the declare. “We now have not detained any migrant. Rahul Gandhi got here and interacted with the migrants. Later, his supporters took the migrants of their autos,” mentioned deputy commissioner of police (southeast Delhi) R P Meena.
The migrant disaster has triggered a political slugfest between the opposition Congress and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP), with either side accusing one another of taking part in politics on the difficulty.
In his introduction to the video, Gandhi mentioned Covid-19 has hit lots of people however the worst affected are migrant staff strolling hundreds of kilometres again to their properties, with out meals and water and regardless of being crushed up and threatened.
“However they didn’t cease and continued to stroll again to their properties. I need to offer you a glimpse of their considering, fears, desires, aspirations and their future,” he mentioned.
Within the video, Mahesh Kumar, a migrant employee of Jhansi, tells Gandhi he and the opposite staff had been strolling 120 km and stopping at common intervals. “We’re helpless. What can we do? We now have to stroll,” he says.
One other building employee and his household inform Gandhi they’d have left for his or her properties had details about the lockdown been supplied 4 days earlier than it was imposed.
The employees remained non-committal about returning to their workplaces, insisting you will need to save their lives. They claimed that they had not acquired any financial assist from the federal government.
The migrants mentioned greater than the Coronavirus, starvation is hurting them and that’s the reason they weren’t afraid of getting killed on the roads.
Gandhi concluded the video with a message to migrant staff: “My brother and sisters, you’re the power of this nation, you carry the burden of this nation in your shoulders. All the nation desires there needs to be justice (nyay) with you. It’s our responsibility to empower this power of the nation.”
Gandhi additionally demanded that the federal government ought to instantly guarantee a direct money switch of Rs 7,500 to every of 13 crore households.
Gandhi’s dialog with this group of migrants was formed right into a documentary and launched on the previous Congress chief’s YouTube channel, which he launched not too long ago.
The Congress mentioned Gandhi has been extraordinarily lively on social media for a few years now, changing into one of many 10 most adopted politicians on the planet on Twitter with 14.2 million followers.
Over the previous few weeks, he has been often releasing longer format movies of his conversations with famous specialists, akin to former Reserve Financial institution of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan and Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee.
Within the pipeline are plenty of new video codecs and revolutionary communication approaches that he’ll use to take his message to the widest doable viewers in India and overseas, the occasion mentioned.