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Nov 07, 2009 at 01:13am IST

MP Chief Minister slams Biharis

New Delhi/Bhopal: Maharashtra Navnirman Seva leader Raj Thackeray, the habitual critic of Biharis, will admire this. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has picked a line from him.

Chauhan, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, on Friday asked companies in his state to employ locals and "not Biharis".

"We will not allow that factories are opened here and the workers for it come from Bihar. We will not allow anyone to take the livelihood of our young people by giving it to others," said Chauan in Satna on Friday.

STATEMENT AND CLARIFICATION: MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan says he didn't mean to hurt.

After his statement drew criticism, Chauhan said he intend to offend people. Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad Yadav refused his clarification.

"He has used bad words (against Biharis). Chauhan should apologise or we will launch an agitation," said Yadav, a former chief minister of Bihar.