Dy CM: Apol­o­gize for mis­rep­re­sent­ing facts on bus is­sue

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LUC­KNOW : Adding some fresh fuel to the rag­ing pol­i­tics over buses for mi­grant work­ers, the Ut­tar Pradesh govern­ment on Fri­day ac­cused the Congress of hav­ing a ‘dual char­ac­ter’ and sought a pub­lic apol­ogy for mis­rep­re­sent­ing facts. Re­mind­ing that Ra­jasthan did not mind charg­ing UP the full cost for the 90 ad­di­tional buses it pro­vided for send­ing stranded and hap­less stu­dents from Kota to UP dis­tricts, deputy chief min­is­ter Di­nesh Sharma on Fri­day claimed Congress na­tional gen­eral sec­re­tary Priyanka Gandhi’s of­fer for pro­vid­ing buses for mi­grants was a po­lit­i­cal stunt and her sen­si­tiv­ity to mi­grants was a sham.

LUC­KNOW: Adding some fresh fuel to the rag­ing pol­i­tics over buses for mi­grant work­ers, the Ut­tar Pradesh govern­ment on Fri­day ac­cused the Congress of hav­ing a ‘dual char­ac­ter’ and sought a pub­lic apol­ogy for mis­rep­re­sent­ing facts.

Re­mind­ing that Ra­jasthan did not mind charg­ing UP the full cost for the 90 ad­di­tional buses it pro­vided for send­ing stranded and hap­less stu­dents from Kota to UP dis­tricts, deputy chief min­is­ter Di­nesh Sharma on Fri­day claimed Congress na­tional gen­eral sec­re­tary Priyanka Gandhi’s of­fer for pro­vid­ing buses for mi­grants was a po­lit­i­cal stunt and her sen­si­tiv­ity to mi­grants was a sham.

“On the one hand you do not have the cour­tesy to drop our stu­dents stranded in your state at the UP bor­der and you in­stead ask us to pay the cost for fer­ry­ing stu­dents, on the other hand you try to show off your sense of pub­lic ser­vice and sen­si­tiv­ity by of­fer­ing buses for mi­grants in UP,” Sharma said at a press con­fer­ence here shar­ing the dais with min­is­ter of state for trans­port, Ashok Katariya.

“The Congress must ren­der an apol­ogy for mis­lead­ing the na­tion, es­pe­cially the mi­grant work­ers, for its dual char­ac­ter,” they said reit­er­at­ing that a big num­ber of 1,000 buses that the Congress had of­fered were un­fit or unin­sured, or fake.

Fur­ther elab­o­rat­ing, Sharma said UP had sent its buses to Kota in Ra­jasthan to bring stranded stu­dents back on April 18 but the UP State Road Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion fell short of buses con­sid­er­ing the fact that the buses that were sent could bring only 10,000 stu­dents whereas the num­ber of stu­dents there hap­pened to be around

12,000. “There­fore, UPSRTC re­quested the Ra­jasthan state road trans­port cor­po­ra­tion (RSRTC) to pro­vide 90 ad­di­tional buses. They did agree but on the con­di­tion that the UPSRTC gave this in writ­ing that it would bear the cost to which UPSRTC agreed and sent a writ­ten re­quest,” Sharma said.

Katariya said that the RSRTC raised a bill of Rs 19.75 lakh on May 1 to­wards diesel that UPSRTC’s 560 buses sourced from the Kota de­pot and the en­tire amount, he said, was paid to them on May 5.

“Again, on May 18, they sent the UPSRTC a re­minder for the pay­ment of an­other amount of Rs 36.36 lakh as the fare for the 90 buses the UPSRTC hired from RSRTC for bring­ing stu­dents from Kota to Agra and the UPSRTC paid the en­tire amount back on May 20,” he said.

He said though stu­dents be­longed to UP they were stay­ing in Ra­jasthan for the study pur­pose and hence the Ra­jas­tan govern­ment Katariya ar­gued was equally ac­count­able for well-be­ing of those stu­dents. .

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