Congress trying to get political mileage in Maharashtra:Nitish

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Patna, Feb 27 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today charged the Congress with trying to get poltical mileage from the hatred campaign, launched by certain elements against the Hindi-speaking people, and urged the Centre to take stringent action against such forces.

Replying to a two-day debate on thanks giving motion to the Governor's address to joint sitting of both Houses of the state Legislature, Mr Kumar said some people were trying to bolster their political prospects by spreading hatred on the basis of region and language.

'' It is constitutional right of every citizen in the country to earn livelihood in any part of the nation, '' he said adding the Centre should take steps for protecting fundamental rights of the people.

It was the responsibility of the Centre to protect the life and property of the Biharis in Maharashtra where they were being targeted on instigation from fanatic elements, he added.

Mr Kumar described the remarks of some Opposition members in the House against the Governor during his address as ''unfortunate'' and said he had apologised to him for the incident.

Interrupting Mr Kumar, RJD member Ramchandra Purve refuted that anyone from his party had made remarks against the Governor during his address to the joint session of the state Legislature.

The Chief Minister appealed to leaders of all the political parties to maintain restraint on the issue as it was sending wrong signal across the country.

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