Gujarat: Congress leader Alpesh Thakor denies allegation of spreading hate against migrant community

Ahmedabad | Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor who is blamed for attacks on the Hindi speaking community after an alleged rape of a 14-month-old minor in Gujarat has denied all the allegations.

Speaking to media, the Congress leader blamed the opposition for defaming his image in the community. He further claimed that the migrant workers were not fleeing the state but returning home for Chhath Puja. He said, “The truth is that people from Bihar have already applied for leave for Chhath Puja. This is the only reason they are moving to their state.”

Thakor further blamed the Bhartiya Janta Party for spreading hate through social media. “My brother Rahul Gandhi has full faith on me, If politics continues on this issue, i will offer my resignation,” he added. The ruling BJP government has alleged that Thakor gave provocative speeches against the migrants from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh which influenced voilence in the north Gujarat region of the state.

Responding on the issue, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, “Due to intense efforts by police, the situation is under control and no untoward incident has happened in the last 48 hours,” he said in Rajkot. “We are committed to maintaining law and order, and people can call police in case of trouble. We will provide them security.”

Hundreds of migrants workers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh were forced to leave to the state of Gujarat amid fear after attacks on Non-Gujarati by the angry mob over the alleged rape of a 14-month-old minor.

According to reports, the locals started to attack the Hindi speaking migrants in Gujarat after the police arrested a person named Rabindra Sahu, a resident of Bihar for his alleged involvement in the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district last week. The mob attacked the house of the migrants with stones and stick in areas of Gujarat such as Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Sabarkantha, Patan and Mehsana. The state police have arrested around 342 people in connection to these attacks.

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