‘Backlash on community wrong’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Sushilkumar Shinde said, “We also have to check what stand the State government takes to extend support to the members of the certain community so that they do not leave the state."

PUNE: “It is wrong to hold the entire community responsible if one person from the community has done something unlawful,” said former Minister of Home Affairs Sushilkumar Shinde in Pune on Monday. 

He further said, “We also have to check what stand the State government takes to extend support to the members of the certain community so that they do not leave the state.” Shinde was in the city to attend book release event. 

He was referring to the recent incident wherein hundreds of migrant labourers from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar were returning to their home states from Gujarat. Migrant workers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were attacked in Mehsana and Sabarkantha, a week after a 14-month-old girl was raped, allegedly by a migrant labourer.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar and Congress senior leader and former minister of home affairs Sushilkumar Shinde were in the city for a book release function at Balgandharva Rangmandir. 

Pawar released the books written by Marathi litterateur and former president of Marathi Sahitya Sammelan Dr Shripal Sabnis. The event was organised by Kamgar Suraksha Dal. 

From Ahmedabad and its neighbouring districts, Hindi-speaking migrants, who have lived in Gujarat for years, are fleeing,  driven by fear after mobs, seemingly angry over the alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl, started to attack non-Gujaratis earlier this week. 

On the Gujarat rape backlash background, while speaking to media, Shinde said, “The constitution has given rights to the citizens to migrate any part of the country. No one can deny that right. However, people from the certain community are migrating as one person from that community has done an unlawful act. Now, people are attacking people of that community and hence, they are migrating. While the state government is supporting that act. It is wrong.”

Claiming that the current situation is explosive, Sabnis said, “Now, the society has been divided on the basis of religion and caste. Every political party wants Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi not only belongs to Congress, now even Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants Gandhi. They can have him provided they agree to eliminate Nathuram Godse and Golwalkar and accept Gandhi.”

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