New Delhi, Oct 9: Holding the Vijay Rupani Government in Gujarat as responsible for the exodus of people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from the state after violence against them, the Congress on Tuesday urged state chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to follow ‘Rajdharma’ and ensure that the situation comes under control in the next 24 hours.
Talking to reporters here, AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari said,’’it is the responsibility of the Gujarat Government to normalize the situation by rising above party lines. We demand that the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi follow ‘Rajdharma’ in the matter and not politicize it. It is time for the chief Minister and the PM to follow the message of ‘Rajdharma’ that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had tried to give in 2002 to the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi .
The time has come for Mr Modi to reflect on Mr Vajpayee’s sagely advice and not divide the country on the basis of religion , caste and community. It is the responsibility of the state Government and the Centre to normalize the situation in the next 24 hours.’’
Slamming the statement made by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath that no such incidents had taken place in the state, Mr Tewari demanded an apology from the UP CM to the people for showing such insensitivity towards the plight of the migrants.
‘’The Rupani Government is being given a clean chit by the UP Chief Minister instead of ensuring the security of people of their state, the UP and Bihar Governments are giving a clean chit and a character certificate to the Gujarat Government. Even today there is an atmosphere of oppression in Gujarat against the migrants and the UP CM says that no violence happened in Gujarat.
Even more strange is the statement by a top Bihar official that those people from Bihar who left Gujarat did so to celebrate festivals. There cannot be a bigger display of insensitivity. The Bihar Chief Minister should take strict action against the official for his insensitive remarks,’’Mr Tewari said.
Questioning the silence of the Prime Minister in the matter, he said,’’till date there has been no reaction from the PM on the situation in Gujarat, where he has been a chief Minister. He rode to power on the Gujarat model. Is this his version of the Gujarat model..’’
In this context, he said that during similar incidents of violence against people from the north east state settled in South India in 2013 when the UPA was in power , the entire Government, from the them Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the government ministers, had taken efforts to tackle the situation.
He warned that if the situation was not controlled it could have deleterious consequences.
‘’I want to warn the PM that the politics of polarization will have disastrous consequences,’’ Tewari said.(UNI)