Ahmedabad: In an apparent attack on Congress, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday appealed the people of the state to unite against "elements" who are creating rift between various communities.
Rupani's statement comes in the backdrop of the opposition party's support to the ongoing stirs by Dalits and Patel community in the state.
While inaugurating a 'Shahid Van', a mini-forest created at the historical place of Bhuchar Mori in Jamnagar district, Rupani urged the people to stay away from those who are doing vote bank politics, an official release said.
"I appeal people to get united against those elements who are creating rift between various communities to acquire power through their vote bank politics. We all should come together to walk the path of development," the Chief Minister said.
The war of Bhuchar Mori was all about providing protection to those who sought asylum and helping the needy, Rupani said, adding people need to take forward this high tradition by rejecting those who are trying to create war between various communities.
"Some people only think about themselves to acquire power by hook or crook. But, we belong to a land where people think about the community first before themselves. I am confident that six crore people of Gujarat will not let these elements succeed in their intentions," Rupani said.
The Gujarat Congress has stepped up attack on state BJP and the government over the issue of Una dalit flogging case and Thangadh police firing case of 2012.
Before that, Congress leaders came out in support of Patel quota agitators and accused the BJP government of suppressing the voice of the community.
The state Congress had on Tuesday organised a protest rally in Gandhinagar demanding justice for dalits and termed the BJP government as "oppressive".