The AICC released a video in which migrants spoke about their chat with Rahul and also photographs showing the Congress member wearing a mask and sitting on the pavement, talking to them.
Congress sources said Rahul Gandhi’s interactions were designed to understand the problems faced by the migrants and the reasons why they were still walking to their hometowns.
Earlier, at a press conference, while expressing disappointment with the Centre’s relief package, Rahul said “Mother India” should not behave like money lender to its “wounded children”, asking Modi government to give people cash support and not offer them loans.
About the group Rahul spoke to, sources said they were around 20 people from Jhansi region in MP who were working in Ambala but were forced to leave after their employers refused to pay their outstanding salaries. “They were walking for three days,” an aide said.
Rahul is learnt to have arranged vehicles from Delhi Congress unit which took them to UP border and from there they would be transported to MP border. An aide earlier had said police came with buses to detain the people, but later backed off.
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