Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Play Modi's 2014 speech assuring special status to Bihar

Play Modi's 2014 speech assuring special status to Bihar

Special status category to Bihar has been a key issue for Bihar Chief Minister who had raised it on various platforms earlier.

"Ever since Kumar betrayed the mandate of 2015 Assembly polls, ditched the RJD-Congress combine and joined the NDA, he has been living in mortal fear of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah", Jha alleged.

The RJD found support from an unexpected quarter as JD (U) general secretary Pavan Kumar Verma also raised the issue saying it was an old demand from the state.

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"Chief minister Nitish Kumar had forgotten his long-standing demand for special status for personal gains after he allied with BJP".

He accused Mr Kumar of having surrendered Bihar's interest for personal gains - an oblique reference to the chief minister's exit from the Grand Alliance and forming a new government in the state with the BJP. "They should tell the people of Bihar how Tejashwi amassed properties worth thousands of crores at a young age of 28", Sushil said.

RJD leaders also referred to a letter which Tejashwi had sent to Bihar CM urging him to raise the issue with Prime Minister. Kumar had quit the Grand Alliance following corruption cases against Tejashwi, the younger son of the RJD supremo, who was then the Deputy Chief Minister.

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Not ready to accept the chief minister's silence on the vital issue of "special status", Jha has warned the government of his party taking to the streets for the demand of special status. "But, despite this some people aren't satisfied and to them, I will just say that India can only grow in NDA's regime". "Nitish must play that speech recording in front of the PM", a tweet on Mr Yadav's official Twitter handle said.

The opposition RJD in Bihar on Thursday challenged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take a cue from his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu and "speak up" on the issue of special status for the state. PM Modi had promised special status to Bihar in March, 2014 at a rally in Muzaffarpur during Lok Sabha elections.

Following the split, former JD (U) president Sharad Yadav and party leader Ali Anwar were expelled from the Rajya Sabha in December last. "If Bihar's demand is not met, he should resign and pull out from NDA", he added. "If he fails to do so, the RJD will hit the streets", he said.

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