No bigger terror than poverty’
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that attacks on migrant north Indian workers in Gujarat is a sign of “a crumbling establishment and economy.”
‘Terror of poverty’
“There is no bigger terror than poverty. The root of the violence in Gujarat lies in unemployment and closed factories. The system and the economy are both crumbling. Targeting migrant workers is absolutely wrong. I will stand completely against it,” Mr. Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.
Earlier, the Congress said Chief Minister Vijay Rupani does not have the right to continue in his position if he cannot stop the violence against migrant workers.“The recent incidents in Gujarat, where more than 40,000 people from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan are being beaten up and forced to flee is part of a conspiracy that needs to be exposed,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.
Following the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Gujarat’s Sabarkantha last week, allegedly committed by a migrant worker from Bihar, there has been a backlash against workers from Bihar and U.P. in the State.
Asked to comment on reports that Thakore Sena — an organisation associated with Congress lawmaker Alpesh Thakore — was behind some of the mob attacks on migrant workers, Ms. Chaturvedi said,“When they cannot control a situation, they use the patented technique of blaming the Opposition.”
“The BJP is using this to carry out a ghar wapsi of the workers from Bihar and U.P.,” she added.