Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday talked with a group of migrant labourers near the Sukhdev Vihar flyover here and asked them about their problems as they walked home amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Rahul sat on the pavement and gave the migrant workers a patient hearing and assured them of help in reaching their homes. Dressed in black pants and white kurta, he talked to the workers and heard their grievances.
Rahul had an impromptu hour-long meeting with a group of 20 migrants, including women and children, walking from their work site near Ambala to their village near Jhansi.
The meeting took place as they sat on the footpath on Mathura road in Delhi.
Mahesh Kumar, a migrant worker from Madhya Pradesh who along with 14 of his family members was sitting at the footpath, narrated his tale of woe to the former Congress chief.
“It was nice talking to him. At least someone heard us and our problems,” he told reporters later. The Congress claimed that the police detained some of the labourers later in preventive custody, saying they have “directions from the top to do so”.
There was no immediate reaction from the police to the Congress party’s charge. Sources close to Rahul Gandhi said while adhering strictly to the law, at the request of Gandhi, volunteers from the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee have stepped up to help the group get back to their village.
Sunday, 17 May 2020 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi
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