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Stop influx of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh migrants into Delhi, says Vijay Goel

Friday, 1 August 2014 - 12:28pm IST Updated: Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 1:00pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

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Taking a stand akin to MNS chief Raj Thackeray, BJP leader Vijay Goel, on Wednesday, urged to stop the inflow of migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar into Delhi. Suggesting this as a solution to Delhi's problems, Goel made the statement in Rajya Sabha while debating the Delhi budget.

According to media reports, Geol stated, "Every day more migrants come to Delhi. Most of them are from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. They come here because they don't have employment opportunities in their states. These migrants settle in slums, which later become unauthorised colonies. If we have to solve the problems of Delhi, we need to stop this inflow of migrants."

In his address to the Upper House, Goel has recommended that the NCR area be developed to reduce migration to the capital city.

(A copy of excerpts from the speech that is circulation online)

He, however, later clarified his stance on Twitter, saying, "There is an urgent need to develop NCR to reduce almost unbearable pressure of growing population on Delhi’s resources. My stand has always been that most people are forced to migrate to Delhi due to lack of opportunities in their native places. We should aim at development of states in such a way that people don’t have to migrate to other cities, leaving behind their families."

But, the veracity of this claim was challenged by many.

The statement itself drew strong public reactions, with people taking to social media to criticise him.

"Students come here every year because there aren't any good colleges in their states. We can open branches of colleges in other states to stop this inflow," he also added.

Goel was one of BJP's chief ministerial frontrunners during the last Delhi Assembly elections. However, Harshvardhan was eventually picked to be the party candidate. It is believed that Goel stands likely to once again be picked as the party's CM candidate for the upcoming state elections in Delhi.

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