Even as the exodus of migrant labourers from Gujarat trickled down to a minimum, the Opposition Congress has demanded dismissal of the BJP-led government and imposition of President’s Rule in the state.
Former leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, Shaktisinh Gohil said that the BJP government has failed to maintain law & order in the wake of threats and attacks on the Hindi-speaking migrants who were forced to flee.
“What was the Intelligence Bureau doing and why couldn’t the government stop the attacks on the migrants?” asked Gohil while demanding imposition of President’s Rule.
Reminding the ruling BJP that their top leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got himself elected from Uttar Pradesh, the Congress leader said that such attacks on migrant people from other states have never happened in Gujarat.
Meanwhile, organisations offering shelter to the distressed migrants said that the exodus of people has ebbed and no fresh entries have been reported at their camps.
A source at the Uttar Bharatiya Vikas Parishad (Guj) told The Statesman on Wednesday that about 70 migrants, who had taken shelter at their camp in Vatva area since last Friday, have gone back to their homes this morning.
They had come from industrial areas at Changodar, Halol and Mehsana in north Gujarat.
The number of arrests made throughout the state for the attacks on migrants has touched 533 and 61 offences have been registered.
Another 20 people have been held under the Information Technology Act for spreading rumours through the social media, which proved to be a major cause of panic among the Hindi-speaking migrants.
The Gujarat unit of the RSS has also condemned the incidents of violence targeting the north Indians. In a statement, the RSS demanded that the administration provide proper security to the migrant workers at their work places as well as residences in Gujarat.