New Delhi, Aug.17: Parliament today stood united on the attacks on migrants from the Northeast, with all parties saying efforts should be made to stop them from fleeing their place of work or study in fear.
“What is at stake is the unity and integrity of our country; what is at stake is communal harmony…” the Prime Minister said, appealing to all to make the migrants feel welcome everywhere.
BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj urged all to ensure the rumour-mongering and the exodus stops.
It came to light that home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had been unaware of the exodus till the Prime Minister, whom he accompanied to Maharashtra for Vilasrao Deshmukh’s funeral, apprised him. “The Prime Minister told me about Karnataka at the airport,” Shinde said.
In the Lok Sabha, RJD chief Lalu Prasad claimed some parties and organisations were using the Assam ethnic clashes to foment trouble and derive mileage ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Although his target appeared to be the BJP, he did not name anyone. “This is not rumour-mongering but a conspiracy. It is a conspiracy to split the country.… A similar kind of rumour was spread that Lord Ganesh was drinking milk… who are these people?” he asked, taking a glance at the BJP benches.
Some BJP legislators tried to protest but Lalu Prasad silenced them. “I am not taking any names. If you protest, then it would mean your involvement,” he said.