Congress taking political mileage over 'unrest' in Mah:JD(U)

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Patna, Feb 7 (UNI) JD(U) today alleged that Congress was trying to extract political mileage by not taking stringent action against Maharastra Nav Nirman Samiti President Raj Thackeray and his followers despite their campaign against Hindi-speaking people in Maharastra during the past one week.

National spokesman of the JD(U) Shivanand Tiwari told reporters here that Congress led coalition government in Maharastra was deliberately turning nelson's eye to the onslaught of fanatic elements against Hindi speaking people in Maharashtra to gain political advantage.

''Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray and his estranged nephew Raj Thackeray have the same mass base and Congress is intentionally going soft in taking action against Raj as his activities would weaken the vote banks of Shiv Sena supremo giving ultimate political edge to Congress'', Mr Tiwari observed.

''Instead of taking deterrent action against Raj and his followers, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh is wasting time in taking legal opinion from state Advocate General'', he lamented and said that a sense of insecurity had developed among Hindi speaking people in that state due to lackadaisical approach of the state government on the issue.

Mr Tiwari urged the Maharastra government to take steps to instill confidence among the people from northern and eastern India living in that state by giving strict instructions to state police to establish rule of law at any cost.''In a democratic society, there is no scope for fanaticism and vandalism and this sort of trend should be checked forthwith'', he added.

Earlier, Mr Raj Thackeray had dubbed the pious Chhath festival as drama and warned the Hindi speaking people living in Maharashra to opt for Maratha language or leave the state. His remark had led to chain of violent incidents against Hindi speaking people in Maharashtra.

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