Bhopal: BJP National Secretary and Rajya Sabha Member, Prabhat Jha, on Saturday came out in defence of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, saying his statement about jobs for sons of soil was being distorted by Opposition parties.
Chouhan addressing a function at Satna on Thursday had said that local must be given preference to jobs and not Biharis in industries being set up in the state.
The statement drew criticism from Congress which termed it "unconstitutional".
It was totally wrong to dub Chouhan as a leader who would make statements that are usually associated with MNS chief Raj Thackeray, Prabhat said.
Madhya Pradesh was an island of peace in the country and no effort should be made to destabilise it, he said.
The BJP MP said that both in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh there was no scope for divisions on the basis of language, caste or religion and there was no way in which separatism can be allowed to flourish there.
Prabhat said that he was the best example of no separatist feelings in the BJP as he was born in Bihar but a Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh.
There were many other BJP leaders who were not born in Madhya Pradesh but were working for long in the state, he said.