Congress workers on Monday released black balloons to start a protest against Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani following scathing attacks on North Indians in the state.
Earlier, Rupani was shown black flags on his arrival to Lucknow and that was followed by black balloons near the CM residence in Lucknow, said Congress spokesperson Anshu Awasthi.
Party workers also raised “Rupani go back” slogans to mark the attacks on North Indians in the state, Awasthi added and claimed four party leaders were arrested.
“We have decided to continue the protest against Rupani till he is in Lucknow to give him the kind of reception that North Indians are getting in his state,” Awasthi said.
The protests will be held against him wherever he goes, he added.
Earlier in Gujarat, Hindi-speaking migrants from north Indian states were attacked in several parts of Gujarat after a labourer hailing from Bihar was arrested for allegedly raping a 14-monhts old girl in Sabarkantha district on September 28.
Rupani’s visit now is like rubbing salt into the wounds, claimed UPCC president Raj Babbar.
Vijay Rupani had reached Lucknow on Sunday evening to invite UP Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath to the unveiling of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’ at Narmada bank on October 31.