Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati urged the political parties to stop accusing each other of the violence against the migrants in Gujarat and instead take strict action against the culprit involved in the violence as north Indians are not foreigners.
While addressing the crowd after the tribute to the founder of BSP founder Kanshi Ram on his death anniversary, Mayawati said, “There is no point of accusing each other. North Indians are not foreigners; they are citizens of our country. I appeal to the Gujarat government to take stringent action against the accused instead of doing politics on this matter”.
Expressing her concern for those targeted migrants in Gujarat, Mayawati said “It is sad that people who voted and made Modiji win Varanasi are being targeted in Gujarat. The BJP government in Gujarat should ensure that strict action is taken against those responsible for such attacks”.
The incident of targeting the migrants in Gujarat started when a group of native people started the violence against the people of Bihar thus showing their anger against a boy who raped a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkanth district.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the attack on migrants in Gujarat. He said, “The system and the economy are both deteriorating. It is totally wrong to target expatriate workers. I will stand completely against it”.
There are 10 million migrants’ workers in Gujarat out of which about 60-70% hails from Uttar Pradesh, MP, Rajasthan and all these constitute a major part of the small-scale industries.
However, after the violence about 15-20% of the work is being affected as about 3000 migrants have gone back to their respective villages.
Owner of the Sanand Industrial Estate, Ajit Shah said, “There are some 20,000 workers engaged in auto ancillaries and pharma companies in Sanand out of which, around 10,000 are migrants. Around 15-20% of the total population has been affected as around 3,000 workers have reportedly gone back to their original villages or are staying back in their local homes”.