Buses carrying over 500 migrant laborers were stopped near Fatehpur Sikri by the Agra police once they tried to enter Uttar Pradesh from Rajasthan. This prompted a tussle between the UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu and other Congress leaders with the police at the border.
Lallu, former MLA Pradeep Mathur and MLC Vivek Bansal staged a sit-in on the border with dozens of Congress supporters. because the situation became tense, Lallu and other Congress leaders were arrested by the police and delivered to the Agra Reserve Police Lines, where they were booked under sections 188, 269 and 270 IPC.
Following this incident, two senior Congress ministers within the Rajasthan government targeted the Yogi government who were countered by the UP minister Udaybhan Singh and Fatehpur Sikri MP Rajkumar Chahar.
Sources claim that there are 500 buses parked at the Rajasthan border presently, waiting to be allowed to enter Uttar Pradesh . lecture India Today, Lallu said that the Yogi government is deliberately trying to mess things up to form the Congress look bad by not allowing the buses to enter Agra. He said that the list of 1000 buses had been given to UP CM Yogi Adityanath by the Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, which had been permitted initially but now suddenly he had shifted stance and stopped the buses.
Rajasthan ministers Zubair Khan and Dr Subhash Garg told India Today that this episode shouldn't be politicised and therefore the Yogi government should understand the pain faced by the migrant laborers. Zubair Khan said that Yogi Adityanath should have himself arranged buses to send the laborers home, "but when he didn’t do this , the Congress party took up the responsibility, arranging 1000 buses. Now, the UP government isn't allowing the buses to cross the border and playing politics".
Dr Subhash Garg said that the migrant laborers were walking home on feet crammed with open blisters, but the UP government wasn't 'waking up'. "Seeing the troubles being faced by the laborers, the Congress decided to send these labourers home by arranging buses for them, but the Yogi government started politicising the difficulty and stopped the buses from entering UP," Dr Subhash Garg said.
Meanwhile, BJP MP Rajkumar Chahar said that the Rajasthan government and therefore the Congress party were merely showing off for the sake of politics. "The district administration of Agra is already making arrangements for all labourers and their dietary needs were being arranged for by the social organisations of Agra," he said.
UP minister Udaybhan Singh said that the Congress is hiding behind the labourers and playing its political cards. "The Yogi government is already taking care of the welfare of the laborers and this is often how most of the labourers have reached their homes," he said.
Explaining things , SP Rural Agra Ravi Kumar told India Today that the buses coming from Rajasthan didn't have passes to enter UP and therefore the drivers didn't have any permission either. "This is that the reason why the buses had been stopped at the border. Once the passes are arranged, the buses are going to be allowed to enter the state," the SP said.
Talking to India Today, a number of the labourers stuck on the Rajasthan-UP border said that the Congress had arranged these buses for them. that they had been walking for many kilometers once they were picked up by the Congress workers and made to take a seat in these buses by the UP government had stopped them on the border which was unjust.