Joint memorandum to be submitted

Patna: An all-party delegation headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday and submit a joint memorandum demanding action against the “divisive forces” that attacked railway job aspirants from Bihar in Mumbai.

A delegation comprising Union Ministers, parliamentarians and leaders of various political parties in Bihar would meet the Prime Minister to demand protection of North Indians, particularly Biharis living in Mumbai, a press release issued by Chief Minister’s secretariat said.

An all-party meeting on October 23 had expressed anguish over the attack on North Indian examinees by activists of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

They unanimously decided to submit a joint memorandum to Prime Minister in this regard.

The meeting, convened by Nitish Kumar to discuss the situation and to take up the issue with the Centre, had appealed to the people of Bihar to maintain restraint.

The meeting had also condemned the retaliatory attack by the students targetting government and railway property in Bihar against the ill-treatment on them by the MNS activists on October 19. Bahujan Samaj Party and CPI-ML (Liberation) had boycotted the all-party meeting. -- PTI