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Nitish asks Biharis to stay 'firmly' in Gujarat, says officials in touch with Guj counterparts

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Kumar on Tuesday said top officials from the state were in constant touch with their counterparts in and appealed to living in the western state to stay firmly where they were.

Kumar, who had a telephonic talk with on Monday amid a large number of migrant workers hailing from and some other Hindi-belt states fleeing following attacks on them, said a constant watch is being kept on the situation there.

"Our and DGP are in constant touch with their counterparts in Gujarat. We are keeping a watch on the situation there. I would also appeal to the people (from living in Gujarat) that they stay firmly where they were notwithstanding the incidents that have taken place", Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Kumar had on Monday said he spoke to Rupani to enquire about the situation in Gujarat where violence has erupted following the alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl allegedly by a Bihar resident.

Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking separately, echoed the views expressed by Kumar and also squarely blamed MLA Alpesh Thakor's outfit for the violence against

Thakor is also the for Bihar.

"Top officials in Gujarat like its Chief Secretary, its DGP and IG Prisons hail from Bihar. living there are safe and secure and the is taking effective action against those indulging in violence. I would also urge the to immediately arrest people like who is behind these incidents," the said.

In a statement, the BJP unit of Bihar also attacked the

"The silence of top leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, on the issue and reluctance to take any action against Thakor shows the anti-Bihari prejudice in the party," the party alleged.

The party's Bihar unit also criticised for "maintaining an alliance with the Congress despite the latter's obvious involvement in attacks on Biharis".

On his part, hit back at Rupani for accusing the Congress of inciting "violence against migrants".

"Mr CM, have you taken leave of your senses. How dare you call fellow Indians migrants. Do you mean to say a migrant won from UP and became the of We demand an immediate apology from you," Yadav tweeted.

Narendra Modi, who had served as for more than a decade, contested the 2014 polls from and After becoming Prime Minister, he gave up the seat in his home state, while retaining the one in eastern

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 18:40 IST