The Janata Dal (United) hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party, accusing it of spreading “rumours” of attacks on migrant workers in Tamil Nadu to allegedly cause a rift between the two states and to “browbeat Opposition parties.”
“So, this is the character of the BJP. Rumour-mongering, and coercion of parties opposed to it, all for electoral gains. But it is making a mistake. People of the country are now conscious enough to see through their designs,” said Rajiv Ranjan Singh, JD(U) president, whose party snapped ties with the Hindutva party less than a year ago.
“But what happened? No incident of alleged assault of migrants was found to be true. A Bihar team visited to probe it and the Tamil Nadu government also looked into the matter but not a single incident was reported,” he told reporters.
Singh also said that the Narendra Modi government had been “misusing” central agencies to “bully” Opposition parties. The RJD is being targeted for forging an alliance with Nitish Kumar, he said.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday accused “BJP leaders from North India” of spreading “fake news” and pointed out that these began a day after he called for the unity of all non-BJP parties in the country.
“The spread of fake videos was initiated by BJP leaders from North India, revealing their ulterior motive. This occurred a day after I spoke about the necessity of anti-BJP parties uniting. This [the timing] itself suggests a clear motive behind spreading these lies,” said Stalin in a video statement that’s part of the latest edition of Ungalil Oruvan (One Among You), a prepared Q&A session with the CM.