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PM, Rupani should quit if migrant workers in Gujarat are not protected: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Monday blamed and for the attacks and violence on migrant workers in and said they should quit if they are unable to carry out their responsibilities.

The opposition party also trained its guns on Modi, saying how he would go to and face the people of the state who made him the prime minister, after attacks on migrant labour from UP in Gujarat, a state of which he was the for long.

held the targeting of migrant workers in as "completely wrong".

Taking to Twitter, he claimed the root cause of violence in was the closure of factories and unemployment in the state.

"There is nothing more frightening than poverty. The root cause of the violence in Gujarat is the closed down factories and unemployment there. Both the system and that economy are reeling.

"Making migrant labour their target is completely wrong. I stand totally against it," he said in Hindi on

alleged the "politics of exclusion" continues in Gujarat, while the concerned BJP chief ministers have done nothing to protect the interests of their constituents.

"I directly hold and responsible for this kind of violence and incidents on migrant labour and the kind of pressure being put on them.

"If they do not take responsibility for this and provide the 'Ram Rajya' that they claimed, then they should quit their posts as they have no moral right to continue and hold such important positions and undertake responsibilities," she told reporters.

Chaturvedi alleged this is the BJP's mindset, wherever it gets to power.

"I want to ask ji as to what he is doing on this. You became the from and sought votes in and now you are harrassing them and are trying to send them home," she said.

"UP and is used by Mr Modi only for political gains, while in Gujarat, people of and UP are mistreated. Mr Modi was elected to the Parliament through Varanasi, but what is he doing to protect the livelihood of these people?," she said, alleging this phenomenon has been seen in too.

She charged was also talking of removing people from UP, Bihar and from

She said in certain sections were being targeted in the name of NRC.

Meanwhile, additional forces were deployed in industrial areas in Gujarat for the security of Hindi-speaking migrants after attacks on them sparked their exodus that prompted the on Monday to make an appeal for their return.

Assuring security to the migrants, the said 431 people were arrested and 56 FIRs registered in connection with the attacks, as Chief Minister appealed to people not to engage in violence.

Claiming that no untoward incident had taken place during the last 48 hours, Rupani said the situation has been brought under control by police.

"We are committed to maintaining law and order, and people can call police in case of trouble. We will provide them security." he told reporters in

Chief Ministers of and Bihar--Yogi Adityanath and Nitish Kumar-- and and BJP ally Ram Vilas Paswan, who hails from Bihar, spoke to Rupani to voice their concern over the attacks.

Since the alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl in district on September 28, six districts, most of them in north Gujarat, have witnessed sporadic incidents of violence against Hindi-speaking people, police said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 21:05 IST