MP CM does a Thackeray over no jobs for Biharis, backtracks


"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," Chouhan said fuelling a political row over the remark seen as unusual for his style of functioning.

Chouhan's remark while addressing a function at Satna, about 500 km from here, yesterday came in for attack from Congress, RJD and LJP with former chief minister Lalu Yadav and ally Ram Vilas Paswan leading the charge against the BJP leader.

Sensing the unease in Bihar, Chouhan clarified he was not against people from other states coming to Madhya Pradesh.

"I heartily welcome people coming (to MP) from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, South India, Punjab or from any other state," he said in Indore.

Chouhan said what he meant was that locals are sometimes not skilled workers and therefore must be given training by employers so that the people of the land should get a livelihood. "I made the comments in this context," he said.

Lalu termed the remarks as unconstitutional and called him "unstable". He demanded that Chouhan tender an apology.

LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan said, "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."

MNS chief Raj Thackeray had spearheaded a campaign against north Indians in Maharashtra while pitching for "sons of the soil" policy inviting criticism.

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