Taking a dig at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Wednesday (March 25) said amid the 21-day countrywide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak, the CM abandoned “hundreds of poor people” from the state who are now trapped in Delhi and other parts of the country.
“Hundreds of poor people of Bihar in Delhi and other places are locked down, trapped because of Nitish Kumarji. When governments all over are helping their people, why is the Bihar government not (helping) these people (or) arranging some immediate relief?” Prashant Kishor questioned.
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) March 25, 2020
Expressing his concern on Twitter, the former Janata Dal United (JDU) leader said that the residents from Bihar are struck in different parts of the country only “because of Nitish Kumarji.”
Kishor, who was expelled from the JDU in January after openly criticising CM Nitish Kumar over the contentious citizenship law, said, “Shame on Nitish Kumar.”
This comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (March 24) announced a 21-day long countrywide lockdown, which includes sealing all state and country borders and suspension of all public transport, railways, metros, and airlines.
आनंद विहार बस अड्डे से बड़ी संख्या में मजदूर तपके के लोग पैदल जा रहे हैं,दिल्ली से वापस अपने घर जाना चाहते हैं,लेकिन जाने का कोई साधन नहीं,न जेब में पैसा है ,एक लड़का काफी रो रहा है कह रहा है पुलिस मारने के लिए दौड़ती है,हम कहाँ जाएं#lockdownindia #Corinnavirus pic.twitter.com/Cw5buZIzVP
— Mukesh singh sengar मुकेश सिंह सेंगर (@mukeshmukeshs) March 24, 2020
Nerve-wreaking tales of stranded migrant workers came to light after several states and Union Territories, including the national capital announced lockdown of their respective borders a day after the Janta curfew on Sunday (March 22).
Kishor’s concern was resounded by RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday (March 24), when he shared the video of a young boy on social media who broke into tears while being interviewed by NDTV, and said, “I want to go home.”
Yadav urged the chief minister to provide food and shelter for the construction worker and daily-wage earner, who is hoping to catch a bus back home as soon as possible.
Dear @NitishKumar ji, Kindly communicate with Delhi Govt or @HMOIndia to make immediate arrangement for this innocent guy.
Likewise, setup a centralized helpline for all those who are stranded outside Bihar& liaise with respective govts to make arrangements for their stay & food. https://t.co/FWxrIoEvns
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) March 24, 2020
It was also noted that other residents of Bihar were lucky to come back home in four trains that left from the Mumbai-Pune region last week, including tons of students.
Earlier in the day, Kishor took a swipe at the prime minister over his decision of the lockdown saying that the three-week time is a “bit too long” and the government could have taken an action in the early days of the pandemic.
On Wednesday morning, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said as announced earlier free ration would be given to the 72 lakh people left homeless as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The country currently has more than 600 positive reported cases of coronavirus and at least 10 deaths to date.