Patna, Nov 1 (UNI) The JD(U) today alleged that the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre was turning a blind eye to the unabated violence against North Indians in Maharashtra for narrow political gains and was posing a serious threat to unity and integrity of the country.
National spokesman of the party Shivanand Tiwari told mediapersons that despite joint memorandum of all political parties from Bihar and widespread condemnation of the alleged inaction of the Vilasrao Deshmukh government on the issue, the Centre had failed to intervene in Maharastra, raising doubts over its sincerity to discharge the Constituitional obligation.
''It appears that the Centre and the Congresss-led government of Maharashtra are deliberately taking soft stand against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray for vote bank politics,'' Mr Tiwari maintained.
The JD(U) leader said Mumbai had attained the status of the commercial capital of the country with the active co-operation in terms of 'capital investment' and 'labour-force' from Bihar and it was the right of Biharis to work there and earn their livelihood.
Mr Tiwari wondered how Raj Thackeray was giving statements on ''granting permission'' for celebrating Chhath festival in Maharashtra when he had no constitutional authority to say such things.
It should rather have been issued by Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh or any other competent person, he said.
''The poking of nose by Mr Thackeray in this regard has definitely belittled the stature of the democratocally elected Vilasrao Deshmukh government,'' he added.
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