Patna: Union Minister Tariq Anwar on Thursday said NCP president Sharad Pawar has sent a "strong message" to those targeting migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, by making him a Union Minister.
"Pawar saheb has given a strong message to people spreading hatred by targeting migrants from Bihar and Eastern Uttar Pradesh in Maharashtra," Anwar, who hails from Bihar but is NCP Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra, told reporters here.
In reply to a question that people from Bihar were celebrating his induction in the Union cabinet though he was an MP from Maharashtra, Anwar, who left the Congress to float Nationalist Congress Party with Pawar, said "I am no borrowed player for Bihar as the state is my janambhoomi (birth place) as well as karambhoomi (work place)."
Anwar, who met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, accused that "development is visible only in advertisements of the state government in newspapers and magazines ... Not much development can be seen at the grassroots level."
Stating that there was enough space for NCP to strengthen its position in Bihar, Anwar said he would tour the state to broaden the party support base.