Congress al­leges BJP con­spir­acy in Guj ex­o­dus

The New Indian Express - - INDIA -

THE Congress on Fri­day blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the al­leged ex­o­dus of mi­grant work­ers from Bi­har and Ut­tar Pradesh in Gu­jarat say­ing it was a con­spir­acy of the rul­ing party.

AICC gen­eral sec­re­tary in charge of Bi­har, Shak­tis­inh Go­hil, also asked Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to speak up on the vi­o­lence in the BJP-ruled state and take moral re­spon­si­bil­ity for what he said were the ac­tions of the saf­fron party’s lead­ers.

He also went on to call for Pres­i­dent’s Rule in the state say­ing that 165 FIRs had been filed in con­nec­tion with the ex­o­dus. “It means law and order has col­lapsed and Pres­i­dent’s Rule should be im­posed,” he said.

“This is a con­spir­acy of the BJP govern­ment to di­vert the anger among the youth over its fail­ures to pro­vide jobs,” he said.

Go­hil, who hails from Gu­jarat, said re­cent state­ments of BJP lead­ers like Him­mat­na­gar MLA Ra­jen­dra Chawra, who wanted 80% lo­cals in the state’s fac­to­ries, showed they were be­hind the con­spir­acy.

Go­hil also de­fended his party’s Rad­han­pur MLA Alpesh Thakor, who is also the AICC sec­re­tary in Bi­har, say­ing he may have spo­ken against mi­grants ear­lier but off

late, he was do­ing ev­ery­thing to as­sure that the work­ers stayed.

“If Alpesh was at fault the BJP govern­ment would have taken ac­tion against him. But he has been mak­ing pos­i­tive re­marks af­ter the re­cent cri­sis broke out,” Go­hil said to the me­dia.

The Congress leader took a dig at the re­cent state­ment of Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath deny­ing any ex­o­dus in Gu­jarat say­ing that the rail­way au­thor­i­ties had ac­knowl­edged a spurt in traf­fic towards UP and Bi­har.

Go­hil also de­manded the ouster of Gu­jarat chief min­is­ter Vi­jay Ru­pani over his fail­ure to curb the ex­o­dus and ac­tion against BJP lead­ers in­volved in so­cial me­dia cam­paigns against mi­grant work­ers.

BJP lead­ers who “de­lib­er­ately planned this con­spir­acy should be brought to book”, he said.

SHEKHAR YA­DAV

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi with NHRC Chair­per­son Jus­tice HL Dattu at the NHRC’s sil­ver ju­bilee event. |

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