Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:45:00 GMT | By ANI

Leaders back Nitish Kumar's demand for Special Status for Bihar

Kumar said that no political alliance should think of ruling Delhi after the 2014 elections if it ignored Bihar's rights


Leaders back Nitish Kumar's demand for Special Status for Bihar (© Reuters)

Kanpur/New Delhi: Leaders of various political parties have backed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar''s demand for Special Status being granted to Bihar.

Kumar led regional Janata Dal United conducted Adhikar Rally in New Delhi on Sunday to demand Special Status for Bihar. Kumar claimed that Bihar deserves Special Status as it is one of the most economically backward states of the country. Union Coal Minister, Sriprakash Jaiswal said the government should not ignore Kumar's demands.

"In democratic system, this is the only way to express voice your demands. If he is conducting a rally, there is nothing wrong in it. The government should think about addressing the demands raised in the Adhikar rally. Why shouldn't the government address this issue? If a state chief is demanding something, we should look into those demands under the limitations of the constitution of the country," said Jaiswal.

Kumar said that no political alliance should think of ruling Delhi after the 2014 elections if it ignored Bihar's rights. Kumar further said Bihar has been treated unfairly by successive federal governments and said that the time has come to make amends. Lawmaker and General Secretary of Communist Party of India (CPI), D Raja, said that it is the magnanimity of Kumar to be demanding special status for other states as well.

"What is the need of today, that central government should consider its own assurance given to Bihar as far as special package is concerned, special status is concerned. Yes, Nitish Kumar, he might have said it is not only for Bihar, for other states also, maybe that shows his magnanimity," said Raja.

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