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BJP leader blames Congress for attacks on migrants in Gujarat

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The unit of the BJP Tuesday held the responsible for the mass exodus of Hindi- speaking migrants from after attacks on them following a rape incident.

Amarjeet Mishra, BJP general secretary, claimed the violence erupted only after MLA from Alpesh Thakor "incited" locals in attacking Hindi-speaking migrants.

"The party is responsible for what is happening in This hate-mongering party instigates and patronises leaders like in and Alpesh Thakor in Gujarat to terrorise migrants," he said.

"It is the style of the Congress party to nurture and nourish such leaders whose is based on violence," Mishra alleged.

A video in which Thakor is purportedly seen making a speech against migrant workers has gone viral and allegedly led to the violence against the Hindi-speaking population.

As many as 450 people have been arrested and 56 FIRs registered after violence broke out following the rape of a 14-month-old girl from the Thakor community in district for which a from was arrested.

Shyam Singh Thakur, of the Uttar Bhartiya Vikas Parishad, an outfit of north Indians in Gujarat, said more than 60,000 Hindi-speaking migrant labourers have fled the state so far.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 23:45 IST