Patna, Nov 1 (UNI) The Janata Dal (U) today warned that the Centre's ''silence'' over unabated violence against north Indians in Maharashtra was posing a threat to the unity and integrity of the country.
JD (U) spokesman Shivanand Tiwari told mediapersons that despite joint memorandum of all political parties from Bihar and widespread condemnation of the ''inactiveness'' 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 UPA government of Maharshtra were deliberately taking soft stand against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray to divide the vote bank of Shiv Sena president Bal Thackeray which would prove ultimate gain for the Congress party,'' Mr Tiwari maintained.
Tracing historical background, the JD(U) leader said Mumbai had attained the status of commercial capital the country with the active co-operation in terms of 'capital investment' and 'labour-force' from Bihar and it was every right of the people of Bihar to work there and earn their livelihood.
Mr Tiwari wondered that the MNS chief was giving the statement on granting permission for celebrating Chhath festival in Maharashtra while he had no constitutional authority to say such things. It should have come from the Chief Minister of Maharshtra or any other competent person, he observed.
Mr Tiwari said poking of nose by Mr Thackeray in this regard, had definitely belittled the stature of democratocally elected Vilasrao Deshmukh government.
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