Thirteen days before an exodus like situation emerged in Gujarat after migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh fleed the state over the fear of backlash, Congress MLA Alpesh Thakore made a divisive speech in which he was clearly seen creating 'Gujarati vs non-Gujarati' divide. Republic TV has accessed the 'hate campaign' speech of Alpesh Thakor in which he says that 'Gujaratis don't get jobs because outsiders get it here'. The campaign began 10 days after a 14-month-old toddler was raped by a man from Bihar. In the speech, Alpesh Thakore is heard saying:
'These people who have come from outside they commit crime over here (unclear) and then beat our villagers in their own village. And after committing the crime they go back to their respective places. For them, they have jobs over here in Maruti and other companies but our people don't, they have jobs. And from now 30,000 has increased to 3 lakhs".
"Even if you consider that they are Indians and give them 20% jobs, sir my Gujaratis are dying due to starvation and then you cry saying that they are also Indians but tell me when my Gujaratis are thrown out from there why were you sleeping? There you did not say that they are also Indians. So this is very clear that in Gujarat give 55% jobs to my Gujarati youth and give jobs to the Gujarati staying here. And this is not an issue of one place this is an issue of the whole of Gujarat. Thus I ask you people don't you want jobs? Don't you want jobs in these companies? Is this not our right to get jobs? Whoever thinks this is our right to get jobs clap your hands. Clap your hands loudly os that people will know that this is our right to get jobs", he added.
Later, the Congress MLA gave out a clarification byte in which he said:
"I request you guys to peacefully move forward and I am also saying this that no caste creed or community is responsible but two-three people are responsible thus you cannot blame the whole community or the society or target other people this is not our culture. Gujarat is for the whole country and people from the whole country come to Gujarat. The way the Gujaratis are settled in other parts of the country for jobs the same way the people who come to Gujarat who live peacefully and working hard are always welcomed and they should not be harassed and targeted. And no culprit should be let loose and thus I request you to peaceful move forward and I thank you all".
Earlier on Monday, Minutes after Gujarat police officials identified Congress' local Taluka Panchayat member MV Thakore threatening non-Gujaratis to leave the state in a video, the Home Minister of Gujarat, Pradeep Sinh Jadeja, appealed to the migrants to stay back in the state. This comes after an exodus like situation emerged in Gujarat after migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh fleed the state over the fear of backlash following the rape of a 14-month-old toddler by a man from Bihar. Taking note of the situation, Gujarat Home Minister said:
"I condemn this incident. The DGP is working day and night. Chief Minister Rupani is also aware of the incident. Police are doing the interrogation of the arrested accused. We did a video conference with DM and SP of every district to maintain law and order situation in the state. Urging people not to leave Gujarat. Everyone security is our priority. Please trust us and dont leave gujarat".