Vijay Rupani Holds The Congress Responsible For The Trouble Caused In Gujarat


New Delhi: Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani’s two-day visit to Lucknow was dominated by the issue of the exodus of north Indians from his state following the alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl last month. However, the Gujarat CM accused the Congress of fomenting trouble in the state which is likely to trigger a fresh war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition parties.

The Gujarat chief minister was in Lucknow to invite his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath for the unveiling of the 182-metre high Statue of Unity at Sardar Sarovar Dam by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31.

“Yogi had earlier spoken to Rupani over the phone and was assured that action has been taken against those responsible for attacks on north Indians in Gujarat. Therefore, the exodus issue did not figure in talks between the two chief ministers,” an official spokesperson said.

Other officials, however, claimed that the issue came up for discussion during Rupani’s meetings with state leaders. Rupani also met deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma, who has earlier worked as the BJP’s in-charge in Gujarat.

The BJP is bound to use Rupani’s visit and his meetings with Adityanath to control the political damage on the issue as the Congress has been consistently raising it for the past few days to gain mileage.

“The Gujarat chief minister’s move to visit Lucknow to invite not only chief minister Yogi Adityanath but also to extend an invitation to the people of the state to attend the October 31 event is sufficient proof of the BJP’s honest intentions,” said BJP’s state unit spokesperson Harish Chandra Srivastava.

Rupani spoke about the contribution of the people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the development of Gujarat and said that the north Indians have blended in Gujarat just as sugar in milk, his observations have evoked mixed reactions.

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