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Manmohan hits out at domicile divide

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said those who sought to divide society on the basis of domicile would not serve the cause of the nation’s unity.

In an apparent reference to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray’s campaign against north Indians in Maharashtra, Dr. Singh said: “Those who seek to divide on the basis of religion, on the basis of caste or the place one belongs to, I think, they do not serve the cause of national unity or national progress.”

There was need for finding a “practical and pragmatic” solution to such a tendency and “if not curbed, it can have destabilising tendencies,” he said releasing a book written by senior Congress leader Vasant Sathe at his residence here. Noting that he had often said India did not face any “serious external constraints” in realising its ambitions, the Prime Minister said:

“Our problems are at home. Our challenges are at home and there are enormous opportunities.” — PTI

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