LUCKNOW || Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday tore into the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state, accusing it of “inhuman approach” towards the migrant labourers who were facing an unprecedented misery due to the national lockdown forced by COVID-19. In a statement, the Samajwadi Party (SP) chief said that it was beyond his understanding of why the government had taken such an inhuman approach towards the labourer’s plight.
“They are walking barefooted for hundreds of miles, some without food, carrying small infants and the government seems to care a damn about their misfortune” he mused.
Recently the death of 26 labourers in a road accident in Auraiyya and the reports that a labourer had to give Rs 19000 to get the dead body of his son hangs our heads in shame, the SP leader said.
People are angry with both the state and the central government, Yadav alleged, adding that the police was cracking down on hapless labourers, not allowing them entry into cities and their patience is wearing thin. Yadav further said that the failure of the government of the day was writ large on the faces of these labourers as they have been left to fend for themselves.
He demanded that the government give Rs 10 lakh financial assistance to all those who have died on way and that the government ensure that they are taken home with respect and care.