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Covid-19: UP alleges Rajasthan sought payment to provide extra buses for stranded students in Kota

The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday claimed that the Congress government in Rajasthan forced it to pay for the additional buses it provided for bringing stranded students from Kota back home to their towns, the Hindustan Times reported. The students were brought back in April due to lack of public transport amid a nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharm labelled the Congress double-faced, and accused it of trying political stunts. “On the one hand you do not even show the courtesy of dropping our students stranded in your state at the UP border and ask us to pay the cost for ferrying students; on the other hand you try to show off your sense of public service and sensitivity by offering buses for migrants in UP,” Sharma said at press conference, flanked by Uttar Pradesh Transport Minister Ashok Kataria.

Sharma was referring to the wrangle between the Adityanath-led government and the Congress over transportation arrangements for stranded migrant workers. This began with party leader Priyanka Gandhi’s Vadra’s offer to provide 1,000 buses to the state government. But hundreds of buses massed by the Congress on Uttar Pradesh’s border with Rajasthan were turned back on Wednesday evening.

Sharma, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader, alleged on Friday that the Congress…

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