‘Will go to jail if I’ve threatened anyone’: Congress’ Alpesh Thakor on claims of inciting violence in Gujarat

Congress Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Alpesh Thakor on Tuesday said that if he was found guilty of threatening anyone, he would himself surrender in front of the police. “Only one incident happened somewhere in Gujarat and I condemn it. If I have threatened anyone, I will go to jail myself. Gujarat belongs to everyone. It is as much yours as it is mine,” Thakor told news agency ANI.

“In fact, the truth is that people from Bihar have already applied for leave for Chhath Puja. This is the only reason they are moving to their state,” Thakor said. He had earlier dismissed allegations that he was responsible for fanning violence in the state. Protests and violence broke out in Gujarat last week after migrants from the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were targetted following the arrest if a man who allegedly raped a 14-month-old in the state’s Sabarkantha district.

Director General of Police (DGP) Shivanand Jha told news agency ANI that over 150 people were arrested for targetting individuals from other states. The matter became a full-blown political battle when CM Vijay Rupani questioned if Congress president Rahul Gandhi would take action against members of his own party for inciting violence in the state.

“Congress first incites violence against migrants. Congress president tweets to condemn this violence. Does the Congress president not have any shame? If the Congress president is against the violence in Gujarat, he needs to take action against its own members who incited violence against migrants in Gujarat. Tweeting is not the solution, taking action is! But will he act,” Rupani said in a series of tweets. Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) chief Raj Babbar has called for a statewide protest against the exodus.

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