Parliamentarians resign over migrant row

November 7th, 2008 - 10:38 pm ICT by ANI  

Raj Thackeray

New Delhi/Patna, Nov 7 (ANI): Parliamentarians of the regional Janata Dal United (JDU) submitted their resignations to the office of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha on Friday over the ongoing migrant’’s row and the alleged failure of the government to handle the situation.

Five JD (U) Members of Parliament, resigned in an attempt to step up pressure on the ruling Congress-led Central Government as well as on the Congress-led Maharashtra government that has witnessed large scale protests against migrants in the state.

All the members of the party had gone to meet the Prime Minister. He had assured us, but despite his assurance, when no steps were taken. Now it is a proven fact that these incidents that are taking place are in the knowledge of the Prime Minister and one of his cabinet ministers. This is happening with the help of Maharashtra government. So, now we are left with no other option but to exercise our right of democracy, we see no option but to resign and go to the people of the country. That is why we have resigned, said JD (U) Lok Sabha leader Prabhunath Singh.

Meanwhile, students of All India Students Association (AISA) in Patna organised a mock court session on the ongoing migrants row.

It passed judgments to the effect that the ruling Congress government in Maharashtra should be pulled down for its failure to protect the migrants and that Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav who hails from Bihar, should be asked to resign for his incompetence to deal with the issue despite being a member of the cabinet.

It also pronounced capital punishment for Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray, who is charged of fuelling anti-immigrant rhetoric in Maharashtra.

All the leaders of Bihar and Delhi have failed to take any actions against Raj Thackeray. Even the police has failed. Therefore, we have organised this mock court session and we have announced that the Deshmukh government should be pulled down, Lalu Prasad should resign and Raj Thackeray who is an anti-national element, he should be hanged to death, said Abhyandu, National Vice President, AISA.

The students said the situation that is growing tense need to be controlled immediately.

Thousands of workers from impoverished areas of northern and eastern India seek work in industrially advanced Maharashtra. Anti-immigrant groups in Mumbai led by ambitious politicians want them to go back.

Apart from the killing of a migrant labourer, North Indian railway job aspirants were attacked in Mumbai on October 19, allegedly by activists of MNS.

With Maharashtra boiling under the regional divide north Indian migrants are fleeing Maharashtra leaving their jobs behind. (ANI)

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