The special status demand it seems is turning out to be quite a headache for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. One of its ally TDP lead by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had already walked out of the NDA due to non- grant of special status to the state. Now Bihar it seems is treading on the same path.
Though the alliance between the JD(U) and BJP is intact and the duo are having consultations to sort out the seat sharing agreements for the Lok Sabha polls in 2019, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has once again raised the demand of for special special status for the state.
Kumar has said he has received support from all political parties on the issue. “We have been demanding special status for Bihar since 2006. The report of 14th Finance Commission indicated that special status is not required so we are pursuing the matter and will put it forward before the 15th Finance Commission,” Nitish Kumar said while addressing a ‘Lok Samvad’ programme here.
“All parties in the state have supported the demand for special status for Bihar. We will keep forward our demand as we have our own logic in demanding special status,” he added.
This comes after a six-member delegation of Janata Dal (United) led by Ashok Chaudhary met President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan last week to discuss the issue.