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BJP, Cong trade charges over violence against Biharis in

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Trading of charges between the BJP and the continued on Thursday on the issue of attacks on in which has forced thousands of migrants from the state to return to their homeland.

Senior BJP and Union minister sought to pin the blame for the violence in the western state, which is ruled by his party, on MLA Alpesh Thakor whom he compared to terror attacks accused Ajmal Kasab.

"Thakor's men are spreading terror in just like Kasab did in on 26/11", Singh told a channel here, referring to the alleged involvement of an organization run by the MLA in the violence that has taken place in a number of districts following rape of a 14-month-old girl in Banaskantha.

Hitting back, senior Congress said "we do not expect anything better from Giriraj. But he and his party should do some soul searching before levelling allegations against Alpesh Thakor".

"The BJP needs to tell the people of why migrants from here are being targeted wherever the party is in power. Besides the unfortunate happenings in Gujarat, there has been this diktat in neighbouring to auto drivers that they must learn Marathi", Mishra told

"The BJP is dragging the name of a Congress MLA to hide its own failures. It is responsible for an economic crisis in previously better off states like and Gujarat and with no solutions in sight, are being made scapegoats. And this is happening with the BJP's tacit approval", the alleged.

Meanwhile, scores of people claiming to be supporters of the "Savarn Morcha" - a pro-upper caste organization - staged a demonstration in front of the main gate of state at the Sadaqat Ashram.

"Some of the agitators said they belonged to Savarna Morcha. One or two also claimed to be activists. Youth Congress activists confronted them and there was a prolonged heated exchange, though it did not lead to physical violence", BPCC H K Verma said.

He said "we find it strange that those claiming to be aggrieved by violence against in Gujarat have a grouse against the Congress, which rules neither the state nor the Centre. Even if one were to accept that Alpesh Thakor is in any way involved, who has stopped the from taking any action".

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 21:15 IST