New Delhi: Political strategist Prashant Kishor, a vocal critic of the Centre over its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Monday tweeted a video of ‘heart-rending treatment’ being meted out to people returning to Bihar from various states in the wake of the 21-day nationwide lockdown, demanding Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s resignation over it. Also Read - 'For All Our Optimism...': Prashant Kishor Calls For Better Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
He tweeted: “Another frightening picture of the government’s efforts to save people from the COVID-19 infection. This is the heart-rending social distancing and quarantine arrangement made by the Nitish Kumar government for the poor people returning to Bihar from all across the country, that too after facing numerous difficulties.”
“Nitish must quit,” he added, prefixing a hashtag.
In the video attached with the tweet, workers are seen behind bars, weeping, saying that they don’t want anything and requesting to be let go. The video is said to be from Siwan, 130 kilometres from the state capital Patna.
Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown, on March 24, in a bid to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, migrants from all across the country are returning to their native places-in many cases, from one state to another. In the absence of any public transport, which has been closed as a part of the lockdown, they are forced to return home on foot.
CM Nitish, however, has raised concerns over people returning to Bihar, saying that their return would negate the very purpose of the lockdown.
Prashant Kishor, notably, is a former vice-president of the Chief Minister’s Janata Dal (United), from where he was expelled in January.