Patna: Condemning the renewed attack of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on the north Indians, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday demanded stern action against the leader and said that the anti-north Indian sentiments are being spread as a part of political gimmick to get electoral gains.

“Making disparaging remarks against north- Indians is just a political one-upmanship. Unfortunately, in order to woo the voters, the party is violating the constitutional right of every Indian. Such provocative remarks will lead to the disintegration of the country,” the Chief Minister said while talking to reporters here at the airport before embarking on the 10th leg of his Seva Yatra.

"It is the constitutional right of the citizens to go anywhere for jobs. For the sake of electoral gains such statements have been made at the behest of Congress”, Kumar stated.
State must be allowed to frame own policies

Meanwhile, while expressing serious concerns over the latest figures of malnutrition in the country, the Chief Minister asserted that the Centre should show faith in the states and make them free to handle the cases according the pertaining conditions.

“Centre should make the resources available to the states to overcome it. The plans and policies must not be forcefully levied on the states as without understanding the actual condition of the state nothing fruitful can be derived,” he said.

Kumar asserted that the states must be allowed to frame their own policies according to the need and condition of the region. He further said that it was unfortunate that malnutrition continued to remain a major problem in the country, which even the Prime Minister had accepted.

JPN/Bureau