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Congress' Hardik Patel Stoops To Awful New Low, Accuses NRIs Of 'not Liking India'

Congress leader Hardik Patel in a veiled attack on the Centre stated that those who 'do not like' India were being ferried back in planes from across the globe

Hardik Patel

Congress leader Hardik Patel in an attack aimed at the Centre but causing egregious collateral damage stated that those who 'do not like' India were being ferried back to the country in planes from across the globe while those who contributed in 'building' India were being forced to walk home by foot.

His statements come against the backdrop of India's largest rescue operation-- the Vande Bharat Mission which has successfully brought home 13,000 Indians in its first phase and is looking to bring another 32,000 stranded citizens in its second phase. This mission has not only received international acclaim but NRIs from across the globe have expressed their gratitude to the government for bringing them back to their country. Furthermore, the nature of the attack crosses a boundary few ever do - attacking NRIs and specifically, 'accusing them of not liking India'.

Read: First Flight To Kolkata Lands With 169 Indians From Dhaka Under Vande Bharat Mission

"Those who did not like India are being brought home by planes and those who were busy in building India are walking home on foot. Labor," tweeted Hardik Patel. 

Read: Akhilesh Yadav Slams UP Govt Over Ban On Migrants Walking Home, Mocks Vande Bharat Mission

Previously Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi had spoken along similar lines, attacking the Central government by saying that if the government can bring back citizens stranded abroad free, why can't it extend the same courtesy of free rail travel to migrants - this was despite travel aboard Shramik special trains being free for migrants, paid for 85% by the Railways and 15% by concerned state governments.

The Indian railways have so far run 1,300 'Shramik Special' trains since May 1 ferrying over 17 lakh people from various parts of the country to different destinations. Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Sunday sought the cooperation of the state governments in running of more 'Shramik Special' trains amid lockdown 4.0.

Meanwhile, in a bid to track the movement of the migrant workers and to facilitate their travel back home the Centre has developed an online database. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) order, the database — National Migrant Information System (NMIS) will help in speedy communication between states without creating additional work at the level of the field officers.

(With Agency Inputs)

Read: Cabinet Secy Seeks Cooperation Of States To Run More 'Shramik Special' Trains

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