“Dear PM, what you said today gives the country and the media a headline. When the ‘blank page’ is filled with ‘heartfelt help of people’, the nation and Congress party will respond,” Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala tweeted after a meeting of senior party functionaries on Tuesday.
“The mammoth, heart-breaking human tragedy of migrant workers walking back home needed compassion, care and safe return. India is deeply disappointed by your utter lack of empathy, sensitivity and failure to address the woes of millions of migrant workers,” he added.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had said in a video message that “mother India” was crying for the tragedy of its hapless migrant children walking the highways and had urged the PM to address the issue by announcing measures for their return home and Rs 7,500 to each of them.