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Nirupam targets PM over exodus of Hindi-speaking people from Gujarat

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

With a large number of migrant workers from Hindi-belt states leaving following alleged attacks on them there, has targeted Narendra Modi, saying it must be remembered he has to contest election from in

The also said that the people of had embraced and "made him the despite his lies".

Modi, who was of before becoming prime minister, is now a from

A large number of Hindi-speaking people have come under attack in by some local groups after a migrant labourer from allegedly raped a 14-month-old girl in district on September 28.

Following the attacks, a large number of people from Hindi-belt states including and have reportedly fled Gujarat over the last one week.

"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 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 .. It should be remembered the prime minister has to contest polls (again) from Varanasi," Nirupam said.

The said the people in north Indian states think on national lines and not on regional basis.

"We are into politics in We are asked what we have got to do there. But do you know contested election from " asked Nirupam, who also hails from Bihar.

Fernandes, of the and a former Union Minister, was born in 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 said more than 400 people have been arrested in connection with the attacks.

claimed over 20,000 people belonging to Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar have already fled Gujarat due to the prevailing situation.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 19:50 IST