Supriya Sule reports that Indian Railways ran more trains for Gujarati migrants than Maharashtra
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Mumbai : NCP MP Supriya Sule chastised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday for accusing the opposition of inciting migrants to flee Mumbai during the COVID-19 lockdown, claiming that more trains for migrant workers were operated from Gujarat than Maharashtra during the pandemic-related restrictions.
The Congress "crossed all limits" during the COVID-19 pandemic, Modi said in the Lok Sabha, accusing the party of inciting and scaring innocent workers to flee to their home states from Mumbai. He was speaking in response to a motion of thanks for President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint session of Parliament.
In Maharashtra, the Congress currently shares power with the Shiv Sena and the NCP. Sule said it is painful to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeting Maharashtra, which helped his party win 18 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections, while speaking to reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Sule also mentioned a 2020 social media post by then-railway minister Piyush Goyal, in which he criticised Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray over migrant worker trains. On May 24, 2020, Goyal announced on Twitter that 125 Shramik Special trains would be allocated to Maharashtra to allow migrant workers to return home. He had asked the state to provide the Railways with a detailed list of migrant workers within an hour," the Lok Sabha member noted.
Sule went on to say that BJP MP Harish Dwivedi proudly stated in his Lok Sabha speech last week that the union government had operated trains for migrant workers to safely reach their homes. The NCP leader also mentioned a tweet by senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, in which he praised Goyal's decision to plan some trains for Maharashtra's migrant workers.