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Rahul asked me to do politics that unites country: Alpesh Thakor

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

MLA Alpesh Thakor, under fire over the violence against Hindi-speaking migrants in Gujarat, said Thursday that party had advised him to practise the that united the country.

The MLA from Radhanpur in district sat on a day-long "goodwill fast" near his house here Thursday to promote "peace and harmony".

"At this point, I remember Rahul Gandhi's words. He told me Alpesh, we should do the which unites the country," Thakor said, addressing the people at the venue of his fast.

"Alpesh, we have to make people understand the language of love," he further quoted the as saying.

Thakor, however, did not make it clear as to when did Gandhi give him the advice.

and other leaders have demanded that the should take action against Thakor, blaming him for the incidents of violence against migrants and their resultant exodus from

Since the rape of a 14-month-old girl in district on September 28 and the arrest of a labourer from for the crime, six districts in have reported incidents of violence against Hindi-speaking migrant workers.

At least 60,000 people, mostly from and Uttar Pradesh, are estimated to have fled in the last two weeks.

Rupani had asked Tuesday whether would take action against the members of his party "who incited violence".

Thakor has denied that he or his organisation instigated the attacks on the migrants.

The police have named members of his organisation in some of the first information reports related to the attacks. A video, where Thakor is purportedly seen berating the migrants following the rape incident, had also gone viral earlier.

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

First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 19:10 IST
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