Paswan criticises Congress-NCP govt of Mah for inaction

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Mumbai, Oct 20 (UNI) Minister for Chemicals, Fertilizers and Steel Ramvilas Paswan, today criticised the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra for its 'inaction' against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, whose Party activists yesterday attacked the North Indian candidates of railway board exams.

Talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the India Chem 2008 event, Mr Paswan said, ''I being the president of 'Lok Janshakti' will take up the issue in the UPA cabinet and will demand stringent action against those responsible.'' A former railway minister himself, Mr Paswan agreed with the demand made by both Raj and his estranged cousin and Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray that local people should be preferred for class III and class IV jobs. ''But it does not mean that you should start beating up the candidates who had come here to appear for the examination by spending money,'' he observed.

''George Fernandes and Madhu Limaye were not from Bihar, but got elected from there and Mumbai city attracts people from all over India and the entire Bollywood is not local. If the local criteria is applied, where would the Bollywood go,'' he questioned.

''MNS calls itself a political party. But this is not the way a political party should be run,'' he said and also alleged that the Congress-NCP government and MNS are playing a ''fixed match''.

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