Rashtriya Janata Dal chairperson Lalu Prasad Yadav has been very vocal about his criticism of the Central government surrounding the recent attacks on African nationals in New Delhi. His critique was, however, met with a counter attack from Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh on 31 May. Singh stated that Lalu Prasad Yadav's priority should be to aid Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in improving the law and order situation in his native state.
"It is my request to Lalu ji that he should first look after the law and order situation in Bihar. He should see and help Nitish Kumar in governance," Singh told ANI.
"The people residing in Bihar are not at all safe and the law and order situation has completely deteriorated in the state. Therefore, he should not think about England and Africa and should see and care about the people living in his own state," he added.
In the wake of the repeated attacks on African nationals, Lalu Prasad Yadav had on 30 May trained guns at the BJP-led Centre and said Delhi is a testament to 'jungle raj' not the grand alliance-ruled Bihar.
Lalu told ANI that the Centre must take cognizance of all these attacks and assure safety.
"The Centre keeps on terming governance in Bihar as 'jungle raj'. The way Africans are being attacked in Delhi may I ask what kind of rule is there in Delhi, jungle raj or Anarchy what it is?" asked Lalu.
The RJD supremo said the African nationals, who are being targeted one after another in the national capital, must now be terrified.
"The union ministers are dubbing these incidents as minor issues. This is a very grave issue and because of all this the Indian nationals living abroad have to suffer. I condemn these attacks. The government must stop this and assure safety for all," he added.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will today be meeting the African students to assure them of their safety and security in India.
The Indian government had yesterday assured the family members of African national Masunda Oliver, who was brutally killed in New Delhi, that speedy trial would take place in the case and all the three accused would be prosecuted as per law of the land.
Birender Yadav, Joint Secretary (West Africa), who met the family members of Oliver at the airport, offered his heartfelt condolences and informed that the Indian government would bear all the expenses to dispatch his mortal remains back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
A week after the killing of a Congolese man in the national capital that stirred a diplomatic row and instigated violence against Indians in Congo, four attacks on African nationals by the residents in Chattarpur were reported on Friday.
Five people were arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the four attack incidents on the African nationals on Sunday. The African nationals had sustained minor injuries in the attack that took place in South Delhi's Mehrauli area on Friday.