Today is the fifth day of the 21-day lockdown. The number of positive cases in India has reached 986 with 179 fresh cases being reported on Saturday. This is the highest increase so far. India’s death toll has also risen to 26 with Gujarat and Jammu, and Kashmir reporting one death each. Unfortunately, exodus of migrant labours and number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 are also in increase. However, political spat has been started between main political parties of the country.

“There is no other way to remain safe from the coronavirus,” Modi said in a televised address. “If we have to stop the spread, we have to break the cycle of infection.”

But with all businesses & transportation grinding to a halt during the lockdown, millions of migrant workers hardly have any choice on how to isolate themselves from the deadly coronavirus.

Migrant and daily wage workers have been some worst-hit as the coronavirus pandemic. “Without money, we can’t afford food, and with the trains shut, our only option left is to walk home because it is better than living here with nothing and starving to death. We more worried about families at our native place than the covid-19 epidemic because they might face starvation.” One of the migrants told to a news channel reporter.

Moreover, there has not been any positive effort by Delhi Government to stop the workers from leaving their place and moving towards Delhi-UP boarder for their onward journey. Malicious, unfounded rumour-mongering by vested interests that hundreds of buses are standing on Delhi boarder further ignited the mass exodus.

To ease the boarders from gathering of such an unprecedented mob and to avoid further law and order situation, UP government has arranged 1000 buses to send the stranded worker to their destinations in, and some even beyond, to Bihar. Many news channels reported a sea of the humanity jostling to get into buses at the Delhi-UP borders.

Tragedy is that in place of putting their efforts and resources to help plight of migrants, and in fighting spread of coronavirus all the political parties have started tweeter war to criticise and malign each other over the handling of the lockdown and large scale migration of workers.

Manish Sisodia of Aam Aadmi Party which rules the national capital accused the BJP’s Yogi Adityanath government of spreading lies.

“I am very sad that BJP leaders are doing petty politics during the coronavirus pandemic. @myogiadityanath’s government has alleged that @ArvindKejriwal ordered to disconnect to power and water supply to migrants in Delhi, forcing them to leave. It is time to unite with seriousness to save the country, not for cheap politics,” Sisodia said in his tweet.

Yogi Adityanath’s adviser Mrityunjay launched a sharp counterattack, accusing the AAP leader of attempting to save face by issuing statements claiming the Kejriwal government had dealt with all the residents with equal hand setting an example for other states. Mrityunjay alleged “the exodus” was engineered by the Delhi government.

“This huge exodus from Delhi is your government’s doing. They neither got shelter nor food. No shelter even during rains.. Yogi government made arrangements overnight to provide them with buses, shelter and food. Don’t attempt to save face by speaking untruth,” Mrityunjay tweeted.

“This huge exodus from Delhi is your government’s doing. They neither got shelter nor food. No shelter even during rains. Yogi government made arrangements overnight to provide them with buses, shelter and food. Don’t attempt to save face by speaking untruth,” Mrityunjay tweeted.

BJP leader BL Santosh waded in, blaming the Delhi government for the exodus. “Some forces want India to fail when #IndiaFightsCorona, Nation will not forgive them,” he tweeted, questioning how 50,000 migrant workers were allowed to break the lockdown.

Leaders of the oldest political party, Congress took more aggressive and sarcastic stand.

“Out of work & facing an uncertain future, millions of our brothers & sisters across India are struggling to find their way back home. It’s shameful that we’ve allowed any Indian citizen to be treated this way & that the Government had no contingency plans in place for this exodus.” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

“A human tragedy in the streets of Delhi, Ghaziabad, Anand Vihar. Women, children and the elderly have been left to their devices. They are, walking, riding rickshaws and sitting on the rooftops of the buses to return home. Don’t know what the government is up to,” Priyanka Gandhi Twitted.