PATNA: With barely few months left for the next general elections, the continuing exodus of migrant Bihari workers from Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, could prove disastrous for the BJP, observers feel.
The angry workers fleeing from Gujarat have vowed to teach a lesson the ruling party in the state and at the Centre.
“Everything was OK till last week but our world came crashing down all of sudden post rape of a toddler. Well severe punitive action must be taken against the accused who is from Bihari but blaming all Biharis for the incident and treating them with disdain is not fair,” said Dilip Kumar, a resident of Chapra, who reached Bihar yesterday by Ahmedabad Express.
He said he had been working in Gujarat for several years but never in the past faced such situation. “It was horrible. The mob attacked us and told me to leave Gujarat within 48 hours. We fled out of panic and didn’t wait even to collect our last month salary as our life was in trouble,” he said adding now they would teach a lesson the “BJP-wala”. “Let them come to us to seek votes”, he warned.
Akash Rishi, a resident from Araria, underwent similar ordeal during his stay in Gujarat when he along with his colleagues were told to “get lost” soon. “They attacked us suddenly and assaulted us in the factory where we all worked. Somehow we fled the scene,” Rishi added, expressing deep anguish with the ruling BJP government in Gujarat. Similar remains the feelings of other returning Bihari migrants who have vowed to serve a hard lesson to the BJP in the upcoming elections.
In a curious twist, however, the BJP has tried to deflect the charges being made by the returning migrants and has blamed the Congress for the attacks on the Bihari migrants.
Under part of the plan, the entire BJP leadership has now gone on blaming the Congress legislator Alpesh Thakor’s “Thakor Sena” behind the continuing attacks on Bihari migrants and sought action against him.
Curiously, Alpesh also happens to be the one Congress’ national secretary currently in charge of Bihar, and this may cost the Grand Old party dear too.
Earlier this week, a group of residents angrily protested before the Congress office in Patna and also gheraoed the newly-appoint state party chief Madan Mohan Jha, indicating the trouble ahead. Though Alpesh shot off a letter to the Bihar chief minister pleading his innocence but his late response has failed to cut ice.
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