New Delhi: Reacting to the exodus of UP, Bihar workers from Gujarat, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that he is totally against the attack on migrant labourers in north Gujarat. Taking to twitter, Gandhi said that the root cause of the violence is the closure of factories and unemployment, due to which both the system and the economy are reeling.

“Making migrant labour their target is completely wrong. I stand totally against it,” the Congress president tweeted in Hindi. Furthermore he added, “There is nothing more frightening than poverty. The root cause of the violence in Gujarat is the closed down factories and unemployment there. Both the system and that economy are reeling.”

Earlier, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam had targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the attacks, saying it must be remembered he has to contest election from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The Mumbai Congress chief also said that the people of Varanasi had embraced Modi and “made him the prime minister despite his lies”.

Notably, the attack on non-Gujaratis started after hate messages circulated against them on social media after a native of Bihar was arrested for allegedly raping a 14-month-old girl on September 28. Earlier on Monday, Gujarat Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja asked the Bihar and Uttar Pradesh migrants workers, who left the Gujarat after violence broke out in Mehsana and Sabarkantha, to return to the state.

Making an appeal to them, Jadeja said that a total of 35 FIRs have been filed and more than 450 accused have been arrested in connection with the violence which broke out to target migrant workers in Gujarat.

Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Chief Minister also spoke to their Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani and expressed concern over attacks in the western state on North Indians. Condemning the alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl, which triggered the violent attacks, Kumar said the guilty must be punished but an entire community should not be “tarred with the same brush”.