The Congress has claimed that the party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s intervention had led to the calling off of the strike by the sanitation workers of the city. Around 15,000 sanitation workers had called off their 12-day strike over non-payment of salaries for months after assurance of payment of their salaries from the state government.
Speaking to the media, AICC General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed said, “Rahulji had yesterday met the agitating safai karmacharis after which the Delhi government released some funds to pay their salaries leading to the end of their strike. When they were on strike, nobody from AAP and BJP went to meet them.”
“Now when the strike has ended, those belonging to the party of Prime Minister Narenda Modi and AAP have come out to the streets for a photo op in the name of clearing the garbage. Neither the AAP nor those belonging Modiji’s party spare any opportunity of photo-up,” Ahmed added.
Reports also suggest that, a group of ‘safai karmcharis’ of East Delhi municipal corporation are planning to meet the Congress vice president at his residence to thank him for extending his support and voicing concern for them.
Gandhi, in a gathering of sanitation workers yesterday had attacked the Centre and Delhi Government for “failing to deliver” on their “tall promises” and accused them of passing the buck on each other.
Later, the sanitation workers called off their 12-day-long strike as Lt Governor Najeeb Jung announced the release of Rs 493 crore for their salaries and outstanding dues.