Taking potshots at MNS chief Raj Thackeray for his anti-north Indian campaign, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha today said no outsider in Bihar has been asked to learn Hindi.
"When outsiders come to Bihar, no one asks them to learn Hindi," Sinha told a function organised by Bihar Foundation here last night.
Without taking any names, Sinha said, "Biharis have spread all over the world, but they do not have a parochial attitude. It is difficult to find a more generous heart than that of the people of Bihar. This is because we adopt others. We accept others".
Raj Thackeray has been at the front of an anti-north Indian campaign and had recently asked taxi drivers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to be conversant in Marathi or return home.
Referring to arrival of outsiders in Bihar to work in industries in the state after Independence, Sinha said "Biharis never ask from where have you come?"
"They don't ask you to learn Hindi," he said, adding "today, such broad-minded attitude is needed."
"If states like Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are progressing, it is also due to contribution and money of Biharis," Sinha said.
On the number of Biharis in Mumbai, the BJP leader said, "I recently went to a film studio where most workers were from Bihar".