Po­lice, cit­i­zens foiled Con­gress bid to spread un­rest: Gu­jaray Dy CM

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

Gu­jarat Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Nitin Pa­tel on Satur­day blamed the Con­gress for the at­tacks on Hindi-speak­ing mi­grants in his state and claimed that po­lice and peo­ple have man­aged to foil the op­po­si­tion party’s at­tempts to cre­ate an un­rest.

Sev­eral dis­tricts in the north­ern part of Gu­jarat were rocked by vi­o­lence af­ter a labourer from Bi­har was ar­rested on the charge of rap­ing a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkan­tha district on Septem­ber 28.

The vi­o­lence led to the ex­o­dus of thou­sands of mi­grants from the state re­sult­ing in man­power prob­lems at sev­eral in­dus­tries there.

Ad­dress­ing a Press con­fer­ence in Mum­bai on Satur­day, Pa­tel said a caste-based out­fit headed by a Gu­jarat Con­gress MLA was re­spon­si­ble for the vi­o­lence against the mi­grants.

The Gu­jarat BJP has, on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, blamed Con­gress MLA Alpesh Thakor and his out­fit Ksha­triya Thakor Sena for the vi­o­lence. BJP lead­ers have, ear­lier, also pointed out that sev­eral FIRs lodged by the Gu­jarat po­lice in con­nec­tion with the vi­o­lence had men­tioned Thakor’s out­fit.

Thakor has con­sis­tently re­futed the al­le­ga­tions claim­ing that cases lodged against youth from the Thakor com­mu­nity were false.

“An at­mos­phere of fear was cre­ated due to which many Hindi-speak­ing work­ers from Ut­tar Pradesh and Bi­har left the state (Gu­jarat). Our gov­ern­ment has taken all steps to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion. Cul­prits who sent out threats on so­cial me­dia have been ar­rested. FIRs have been filed. The po­lice and cit­i­zens have foiled the at­tempt of the Con­gress to spread un­rest,” Pa­tel claimed.

“Gu­jarat is the growth en­gine of In­dia. The state has the ca­pac­ity to pro­vide jobs, cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties not just for Gu­jaratis but for all cit­i­zens of the coun­try,” the deputy chief min­is­ter said.

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