West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh thinks that death of migrants returning home by Shramik Special trains are “small and isolated” incidents, and the Railways cannot be blamed for it.
So far this week, as many as nine passengers including a child have lost their lives due to extreme heat, hunger, thrust and dehydration during their journey back home via Shramik Special trains.
“Some unfortunate incidents have taken place. But you can’t just blame the railway for it. They have done their best to send back the migrants. Some deaths have taken place, but these are small & isolated incidents.”, Dilip Ghosh said.
He further told the reporters, “We have many examples of how Indian railway have done their best to serve the passengers. Some small incidents have taken place, but that doesn’t mean you will close down the railways,”
Ruling TMC & opposition CPI (M) hit back at Dilip Ghosh and asked him to be more sensitive over the plight of migrant labours. Both the parties have blamed the Modi government for the migrant crisis in the country.
“This entire migrant issue is a result of the Centre’s mishandling of the COVID crisis and the lockdown. So many people are dying, and BJP leaders are behaving arrogantly as if nothing has happened. Before pointing fingers at us, Mr Dilip Ghosh should behave and speak sensibly,” senior TMC leader and MP Sougata Roy said.
On the same lines CPI(M) politburo member Mohammad Salim said that leaders like Dilip Ghosh want to remain in a “make-belief world of BJP which says everything is happening for good in BJP regime”.
“The migrant labour issue has proved that the Modi government is unable to save human lives. BJP leaders should be ashamed of mishandling the crisis by the union government,” Salim said.