Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minsiter Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Friday did a Raj Thackeray when he said workers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were not welcome in his state.
“Locals should be given preference in employment in the
indsutries being set up in the state. It should not happen
that people should come from outside...Bihar and get the jobs
here,” he said
Speaking at a public function in Satna – bordering UP – Chauhan said that local youth should be trained and given preference in giving jobs. He said not only government, but even private companied should prefer the people of MP over Biharis.
However, when the episode threatened to become a political storm, Chouhan retracted from his statement. In an official release from Indore, Chouhan said people from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab or any other region of India should come to Madhya Pradesh and will always be welcomed.
Chauhan seemed to have taken after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray who fought the recently concluded state and Lok Sabha polls on the plank of ‘Marathi Manoos’; demanding ouster of Bihari and UP migrants in favour of locals.
Reacting to his comments RJD chief and former Bihar CM Lalu Yadav said Chauhan had lost his mental balance. “Not only that, what he has said is unconstitutional,” he added, saying Indians could work in any state of the country.
Chauhan’s party, the BJP, sought to play down its CM’s remarks by saying every state has its own priorities. “Chauhan should not be compared to Raj…every state has to look after its own interests,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javdekar told Zee News.
UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi condemned Chauhan’s remark. “This is very shameful and unfortunate. JD-U’s Shivanand Tiwari also said it was an irresponsible statement from the CM of Madhya Pradesh.
Chouhan must resign: Paswan
LJP President Ramvilas Paswan has
demanded immediate resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief
Minister Shivaraj Singh Chouhan for his statement that jobs in
the state should not be allowed to be taken away by Biharis
and locals should be given preference.
"The statement made by Chouhan is unfortunate... a person
holding a top constitutional post should not not react in this
manner... he should resign immediately," Paswan told reporters
Chouhan while addressing a function at Satna in Madhya
Pradesh this afternoon said "Locals should be given preference
in employment in the industries being set up in the state. It
should not happen that people should come from outside...Bihar
and get the jobs here."
First Published: Saturday, November 07, 2009, 10:23