Maharashtra govt toeing path of Thackerays: Lalu

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'Maha taxi permit move unconstitutional'
Patna, Jan 21: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has always stood against the anti-migrant movement in Maharashtra, termed the state's new policy on taxi drivers permit as 'unconstitutional'.

"It is a highly objectionable, unfortunate and unconstitutional decision," the former chief minister of Bihar said, calling for an intervention from the Prime Minister.

Yadav added, "It appears that the grand old party too has started toeing the path of Bal Thackeray and Raj Thackerary."

On Wednesday, Jan 20, the Maharashtra government established that new taxi licenses will be issued to only those who know how to read and write Marathi and have resided in the state for at least 15 years.

"According to the Indian Constitution, people of the country can go anywhere for jobs, work, and stay... Taxi driving is a lucrative profession in Mumbai and the decision will render lakhs of taxi drivers from elsewhere jobless," he argued.

A large section of the taxi drivers in Mumbai are migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

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