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Gujarat migrant attacks: Rahul Gandhi blames GST and mass unemployment for violent attacks; says government must act decisively to restore peace

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 9 October 2018, 17:43 IST
Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has blamed PM Narendra Modi for the violent attacks on north Indian migrants in Gujarat. He said there is frustration and anger among different with the government’s inability to create job.

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had tweeted and blamed poverty and unemployment as the root causes of the situation in the state. “"The system and the economy are both deteriorating. It is totally wrong to target expatriate workers. I will stand completely against it."

Recently, his post on Facebook read:

“Across Gujarat, poor economic policies, demonetisation and poorly executed GST have devastated industry resulting in the shutting down of factories and industrial units, leading to massive unemployment. Amongst the youth there is growing frustration and anger with the Government's inability to create jobs. This anger and frustration is being manifested in violent attacks on migrants, across the state of Gujarat. The migrant workforce is critical to our economic growth. Attacks on them create an environment of fear and insecurity that isn't good for business and our economy. The government must act decisively, and do all it can to restore peace and to ensure the safety of every Indian.”

The Congress chief said the migrant workforce is "critical to our economic growth" and attacks on them create an environment of fear and insecurity that isn't good for business and economy"

“The Government must act decisively, and do all it can to restore peace and to ensure the safety of every Indian,” he also said.

A violent backlash in Gujarat against workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar following the arrest of a Bihari man — for allegedly raping a 14-month-old girl in the Sabarkantha district in September — had sparked an exodus of 'migrant' labourers in the state.

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First published: 9 October 2018, 17:43 IST
 
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