Uddhav does a Raj,says Biharis need entry permits

The Bihar government,which has registered its protest with the Central and Maharashtra governments against MNS chief Raj Thackeray for describing people from the state as infiltrators

Written by Express News Service | Patna | Published: September 5, 2012 1:49 am

The Bihar government,which has registered its protest with the Central and Maharashtra governments against MNS chief Raj Thackeray for describing people from the state as infiltrators,Tuesday termed Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray’s “permit for Bihar people to visit Maharashtra” remark as “unconstitutional” and demanded the Centre’s immediate intervention.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,who did not name Uddhav,said that his government was firm on its stand on police teams from other states producing accused before nearest magistrate as per CrPC provisions. “Our DGP had referred to fresh Ministry of Home Affairs circular asking all state chief secretaries to comply with existing provisions in matters of arrest. By adhering to this provision,we will also be able to ensure safety of visiting police teams,which mostly operate in plain clothes,” Nitish said.

Nitish,who had called Raj a sirfira (insane),refrained from making personal attacks on Uddhav. “All recent statements by Maharashtra leaders violate constitutional provisions of Indian citizen’s right to move freely and settle in any part of the country,” he said.

Bihar BJP president C P Thakur said: “It does not behove Maharashtra CM to say that Bihar government has been playing cheap politics. It is for everyone to see who is playing divisive politics to further their political ends. The Congress has been shielding the likes of Raj and Uddhav. I wonder why the Union Home Minister is silent on the matter.”

Regarding Uddhav’s statement,he said: “It is preposterous and unconstitutional.”

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