Watch: Congress releases video of Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with migrant workers
Towards the end of the “short film”, the former Congress president demands the Centre to immediately transfer Rs 7,500 each to 13 crore poor families.
Last Saturday, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi met migrant workers on the streets of Delhi. The move came as a surprise for the media as well as the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
His interaction with the migrant workers near Delhi’s Sukhdev Vihar flyover put the Central Government on the back foot as it reignited the debate on the ongoing migrant crisis. The COVID-19 lockdown has forced crores of migrant workers out of their jobs, and many have been forced to walk back to their native states as the governments have failed to arrange trains and buses to ferry them.
On May 23, the Congress released a 16-minute long short film on Gandhi's interaction with a group of migrant labourers last week. In the heavily edited video, he can be heard demanding justice for the migrants who are walking hundreds of kilometres to reach their homes.
Notably, at the end of the video, Gandhi says the government should immediately give Rs 7,500 to the 13 crore needy families through direct cash transfer.
In the video, the former Congress president says that the coronavirus has hurt a lot of people, but it has hit the migrant labourers the most.
Gandhi, dressed in black pants and a white kurta, is seen sitting on the pavement and interacting with a group of 20 migrant workers. He assured them that they would reach their destination safely.
The group, including women and children, were on their way back to Jhansi from Ambala. Gandhi is heard asking them about the problems they face due to the sudden announcement of the lockdown and the loss of livelihood.
The migrant labourers also allege that people threatened to beat them in Haryana if they went out of the house.
The "short film" also shows Gandhi promising to help them, followed by a montage of the migrants arriving in their village near Jhansi in vans and cars.
Towards the end, the Gandhi scion can be heard saying: "My migrant labourer brothers and sisters, you are the strength of this country."
"You take the entire burden of this country on your shoulders. The whole country wants justice for you. It is everyone's responsibility to strengthen the power of this country," Gandhi says.