The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, an ally of the NDA in Bihar, on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene over recent spurt in hate crimes against people from the state living in the BJP-ruled Gujarat.
RLSP national general secretary and spokesman Madhaw Anand reminded the PM of the "enormous love showered upon him by the people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh" in the Lok Sabha polls held four years ago.
"The attacks on Biharis are a matter of grave concern. A Congress MLA (Alpesh Thakor) is being blamed for these hate crimes. If these allegations are true, we wonder where is the problem. The Congress 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.
"In view of thousands of Biharis having already returned to their home land, we would urge the Nitish Kumar government in the state to ensure that they get proper employment here since people tend to migrate in search of livelihood", the RLSP leader said.
The RLSP is headed by Union minister Upendra Kushwaha, a former JD(U) leader 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 Bihar Chief Minister returned to the coalition last year.
Anand also said "our party has been saying time and again that we want Narendra Modi back as the Prime Minister 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 Uttar Pradesh in the last elections. He must act before it is too late".
Notably, Patel - earlier an admirer of Nitish Kumar who belongs to his community - had said on his Patna visit that he did not intend to meet the Chief Minister since he had joined hands with the BJP.
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