Nitish flays Maharashtra govt for not reining in Raj

Patna (BiharTimes), Sep 2 Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Sunday said that Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray is publicity-hungry and has nothing to do with democracy.
Reacting to Thackeray's remarks last week that Biharis in Maharashtra were "infiltrators", Nitish Kumar told reporters here: "Raj Thackeray has been doing all this for publicity and has nothing to do with democracy."

The chief minister wondered how would the Maharashtra government handle terrorism when it had failed to tackle a person like Thackeray. "It appears that Raj Thackeray has support of the Congress for doing all this," he said.

He charged the Centre and Congress-NCP government with failing to rein in Raj Thackeray for his hate speech and threat to throw Biharis out of Maharashtra.

The Bihar chief minister said people have the constitutional right to live and work in any part of the country. It is the duty of the Central government and the government of a state to take note of the conduct of a person like Thackeray and deal sternly with such elements.

Last week, Thackeray had called Biharis in Maharashtra "infiltrators" in reaction to reports of a letter from the Bihar chief secretary warning Mumbai police against picking up suspects from the state without first informing local police.

"How come most offenders are from Bihar," Thackeray asked, adding that there was no need for Bihari politicians to teach Maharashtra the rules.

Meanwhile, a case has been filed against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief in a court in Muzaffarpur. It has been filed by a local lawyer.




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