New Delhi: Congress MLA from Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh, Aditi Singh, took to Twitter Wednesday to criticise her own party for allegedly playing politics over the migrant crisis during a pandemic.
In her tweets in Hindi, Singh said of the 1,000 vehicles arranged by the Congress to bring migrant workers back home, more than half of them are “fake”. She said 297 of them were junk, 98 of them were three-wheelers and ambulances, while 68 buses did not have valid papers.
“What’s the need for such low politics at the time of a disaster?” Singh tweeted.
Calling it a “cruel joke”, Singh asked if the Congress could arrange buses, why they were not sent to Rajasthan, Punjab or Maharashtra.
Congress general secretary (UP east) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had made an appeal to Chief Minister Adityanath on 16 May to allow the party to run 1,000 buses for the migrant workers looking to return home.
In her tweet thread, Singh also lauded Adityanath for bringing back students from Kota in Rajasthan where they were stuck due to the lockdown.
“When students from UP were stuck in Kota, where were these so-called buses? The Congress couldn’t even bring these students to the state’s border, leave alone bringing them back home,” the MLA said.
Following Singh’s criticism, BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya wrote that former UP minister and senior Congress leader Satya Dev Tripathi has also criticised Priyanka for “playing politics” over the migrant crisis.
Not the first time
This isn’t the first time the Raebareli MLA has criticised her own party.
Earlier, Singh had hailed the Narendra Modi government’s decision to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and called it a historic move that would help “in integrating J&K into the mainstream”.
She has also praised Adityanath for his efforts to promote solar energy and cleanliness.
In October last year, there were rumours of her switching over to the BJP after she defied the Congress’ call to boycott a special assembly session called by the Adityanath government.
She also did not participate in a foot march organised by Priyanka to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary last October.
Singh is the daughter of five-time Raebareli MLA Akhilesh Singh, who died on 20 August last year after a prolonged illness.
Due to the deteriorating health of her father, Singh entered electoral politics in 2017.
Defying a massive Modi wave, Singh had managed to win the seat by over 90,000 votes. Following this, Aditi was appointed national secretary of the Mahila Congress in August 2018.
Singh was also one of the important factors behind Congress’ Lok Sabha victory in Raebareli, which is represented by the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi. Raebareli is the only seat in UP that the Congress won in the Lok Sabha elections.
In 2018, there were rumours about her marriage to former Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Singh dismissed the rumours, saying Rahul is her brother and that she was “really saddened by such rumours on social media”.