Nitish and RJD seek unconditional apology from Goa Home minister

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Patna, Aug 20 (UNI) Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar today sought an ''unconditional apology'' from Goa Home minister Ravi Naik for his alleged comments downgrading the image of the people of Bihar, while the opposition RJD planned to raise the issue in Parliament.

Strongly condemning the recent comments of Mr Naik in the Goa Assembly that 'all beggers from Bihar would reach Goa in case a direct train was introduced between Panaji and Patna', Mr Kumar demanded that the Goan minister must seek an unconditional apology for making such an irresponsible remark.

Despite their political differences, the Opposition RJD in Bihar also joined hands with the Chief Minister in lambasting the Goan minister for his alleged remarks against the Biharis.

Coming down heavily on Mr Naik, Principal General Secretary of RJD Ramkripal Yadav and former union minister from the party Devendra Prasad Yadav told newsmen here that such comments only reflected the 'downgraded mentality' of the Goan minister.

They also echoed the chief minister that terming of Biharis as beggers was also seen by the people of the state as a 'direct attack on their self-dignity'.

Addressing newspersons here the Chief minister felt that political leader of any state should not make such derogatory remarks against the people of other states.

''The people of Bihar has great respect for the people of Goa and such statement of Mr Naik would not alter their mentality as they would continue to honour the residents of other states,''Mr Kumar stated.

He said the people of Bihar were in fact the most labourious and talented and had excelled all over the world on the basis of their skill and efficiency.

Reiterating the RJD's decision to raise the issue in the coming session of Parliament, former union minister Shakeel Ahmed Khan also cautioned Mr Naik for making such remarks and said it might have serious consequences.

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