Now is the time for us all to support these people; the people who have made us all, the people who have faith in you, who have made you, supported you. - Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
Now is the time for us all to support these people; the people who have made us all, the people who have faith in you, who have made you, supported you.
- Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
Smt. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, General Secretary and In-charge UP, addressed the people via video message on 28th May, 2020
Smt. Priyanka Gandhi greeted everyone by saying ‘Namaskar’. She said, “Today, Congress workers and Congress leaders are raising their voices, nationwide, in favor of those who are the most affected by the lockdown and the corona epidemic. We are doing so to enable the government to pay heed to them. It is one of our demands that Rs. 10,000 be deposited each in the accounts of the needy, with immediate effect.
Our second demand is that for the next 6 months, Rs. 7,500 per month be deposited in the accounts of the needy. Along with this, the working days of MGNREGA should be increased from 100 days to 200 days to help the migrant laborers who have reached their homes and villages. The government should do something to help those who are small traders, those who are struggling with the after-effects of the lockdown, those who have not had a business for two months, those who are small shopkeepers, weavers and small traders.
They should be provided a financial package so that they are not in debt and have purchasing power in their hands; so as to enable them sail through these testing times. I want to make a special request to all political parties, but especially to BJP leaders. Refrain from doing politics, this is not the time for politics. This is a time when, indeed, the entire nation must be united; when the leaders of all political parties must come together to help people by eliminating their political considerations and by removing their ideological differences. When in UP the ‘bus’ thing happened, okay, you rejected our one thousand buses. It’s okay. We had even asked you to put your banners and stickers, we had no issue with that, yet you rejectedour offer.
You announced to get 12,000 buses belonging to UP Roadways operated, but till date it’s all about paying lip service. Similarly, look at the government of Maharashtra. There is a terrible form of epidemic in Maharashtra, the government is fighting it and you are trying to topple the govt. instead of providing your cooperation, you are trying to prove that the govt. is most unstable. So, I especially want to tell you that this is a time for cooperation. We all owe to the people of this country.
You are in debt and so do we. The people have always stood by us through thick- and-thin. They cheered you on your victory, stood with us in our defeat. The people of this country have always supported us with their kindness. Today the people of this country are sad, plagued, suffering. A son is toiling by carrying his family in a bullock cart. A daughter is riding a bicycle carrying her father for 600 kms to reach her village. The dead bodies of workers are lying in the ‘Shramik’ trains. A child is collapsing into his father’s lap.
A mother’s corpse is lying on the railway platform while her child is trying to wake her up. Every single mother of this country is watching this scene.Each mother feels one with that mother’s heart. Each mother isweeping. Our ‘Mother India’ is weeping but you remain mute,you are not saying anything, you are not coming forward, notproviding any help. It is not a political demand we are raising.It is a demand based on humanity. We are urging you to leavepolitics behind.
Now is the time for us all to support these people; the people who have made us all, the people who have faith in you, who have made you, supported you. You need to stand with each Indian during this hour of crisis and suffering. You need to stand with those who are most in need, suffering the most, those who are most unhappy. I know that a lot of workers from Uttar Pradesh will also be watching me on Facebook, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Our President has been arrested but hasn’t lost courage.
I know that he is fighting even there and is with you and you are all standing by him. You have raised your voice time-and-again, we will continue fighting, he will continue fighting, it is our duty. Our duty is to raise voice for everyone and demand justice. So, I would like to thank all of you. It is an opportunity for me to tell you that within the last 1.5 months, you have helped 90 lakh people till date by your resources and your commitment and you would continue to do so. So, I want to thank all of you and urge all those who are watching me to raise your voice at your own level through Facebook, through Twitter, through any other medium; so that justice is delivered, so that we can help those who are grieving, plagued and distraught. A big thanks to all of you! Jai Hind!”