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RLSP seeks PM intervention over attacks on Biharis in Gujarat

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, an ally of the NDA in Bihar, on Wednesday urged to intervene over recent spurt in hate crimes against people from the state living in the BJP-ruled

RLSP national general secretary and Madhaw Anand reminded the PM of the "enormous love showered upon him by the people of and Uttar Pradesh" in the Lok Sabha polls held four years ago.

"The attacks on Biharis are a matter of grave concern. A MLA (Alpesh Thakor) is being blamed for these hate crimes. If these allegations are true, we wonder where is the problem. The is in opposition in the state as well as at the Centre while the BJP is in power at both places. the guilty can, hence, easily be brought to book and normalcy be restored", Anand said in a statement.

The party urged to ensure proper employment for people of the state migrating from in the wake of attacks.

"In view of thousands of Biharis having already returned to their home land, we would urge the government in the state to ensure that they get proper employment here since people tend to migrate in search of livelihood", the RLSP said.

The RLSP is headed by Upendra Kushwaha, a former JD(U) who quit the party and floated his own outfit following differences with Kumar and who is said to have grown uncomfortable in the NDA ever since the Chief Minister returned to the coalition last year.

Anand also said "our party has been saying time and again that we want back as the in 2019. Therefore, we would urge him to intervene in the matter that involves his home state. He had received enormous love from the people of Bihar and in the last elections. He must act before it is too late".

Meanwhile, posters of Patidar who has launched a "helpline" for Biharis facing tough times in were seen at many places in the city.

and JD(U) dismissed the move by Patel and accusing him of being in cahoots with the to which Thakor belonged.

However, RJD MLA and welcomed the initiative by Patel who had met the party heir apparent during his visit to the Bihar capital earlier this year.

Notably, Patel - earlier an admirer of who belongs to his community - had said on his visit that he did not intend to meet the since he had joined hands with the BJP.

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

First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 20:55 IST