Jaipur: Congress party’s online campaign #SpeakUPIndia garnered support from every individual of the Congress party.
While most leader kept their focus on the points on which AICC apprised them, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot gave a clear display of his political acumen by not only criticizing the central government but assuring that the Congress party would stand with the government in hour of crisis and demanded that the suggestions of opposition parties should be heard seriously.
“I would like to congratulate Congress President Sonia Gandhiji for strengthening the voice of lakhs of labourers of the country through the Speak Up India campaign. As you know that after corona how lockdown was enforced suddenly, the problems thus faced by the nation cannot be expressed in words. Specially the visuals of migrant labourers walking home have pained the hearts of people.
The manner in which women are giving births on roads, children are dying, adults are dying on roads, this is something incomprehensible,” said the sensitive Chief Minister. Gehlot said that it is for the first time “we are hearing that train leaves for Bihar from Mumbai and reaches Odisha.
This has never happened in the past. The sensitivity which should have been there in the central government is no where to be seen otherwise the labourers would not have to walk for such a Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot long time.”
Giving his suggestions on what the centre should have done he said, “The central government should have issued advisory to states to start bus services and ensure that no labourer walks to their homes and within three days this issue could have been ended like what Rajasthan did. People supported the government fully. Prime Minister asked people to clap, beat thalis and people accepted that and supported them.
But we are pained to see the economic, social and political ‘debacle’ that has occurred in the nation because of which no economic activity is being started, neither have the corona cases died down. The state governments are trying to win over corona,” he said, further adding, “The central government should have come forward and given packages to states.
Centre announced 20 lakh crore rupee package and the entire world knows the announced amount is ninety percent loans which is not going to benefit anyone. Unless the purchasing power of poor is increased, unless they do not spend, only then demand will rise and economy will be back on track. Thus Sonia Gandhi ji has said that government should have made advance payment of 21 days to NREGA labour.
Now congress party is demanding that poor should be given ten thousand rupees so that demand is increased.” Gehlot demanded that the central government gives package for poor so that economy comes on track. “Congress will stand with the government in this crisis.
But instead of listening to the oppositions’ suggestions, just going on criticising it and condemning them is unfortunate. Our effort is to bring the situation of poor and needy to the central government’s notice,” Gehlot said.