With a large number of migrant workers from Hindi-belt states leaving Gujarat following alleged attacks on them there, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it must be remembered he has to contest election from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
A large number of Hindi-speaking people have come under attack in Gujarat by some local groups after a migrant labourer from Bihar allegedly raped a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district on September 28.
"I condemn the rape incident. But you can't defame the entire community because of a person's crime. You cannot look at the entire community from a particular angle," Nirupam said.
Speaking at an event of Hindi-speaking people in Nagpur on Sunday, Nirupam said the entire north Indian community is under attack and they are being forced to flee.
"It (Gujarat) is the home state of the prime minister... It should be remembered the prime minister has to contest polls (again) from Varanasi," Nirupam said.
Fernandes, founder of the Samata Party and a former Union Minister, was born in Karnataka and moved for job to Mumbai, where he became a prominent trade unionist. He later contested Lok Sabha polls from Bihar.
Since the alleged rape case in Sabarkantha, at least six districts have seen sporadic incidents of violence against Hindi-speaking people, according to police.
The state government said more than 400 people have been arrested in connection with the attacks.
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