Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday deputed all the 17 JD(U) ministers in his NDA government to supervise preparations for November six `Adhikar rally` at the Gandhi Maidan to press for the special category status to Bihar.
Presiding over a meeting of top JD(U) functionaries at his official residence, Kumar assigned all the 17 JD(U) ministers in his cabinet to supervise preparations for the `Adhikar rally` at the district level with some ministers being given the task to look after preparatory works in more than one district.
He also charted out schedule for the mass mobilization campaign from block to district level over next four months and asked the ministers to accordingly plan to make the JD(U)`s show piece political event a mega success.
As per the schedule okayed by the Chief Minister, the JD(U) ministers will conduct meeting with the district organizing committees from July 10-20, 2012 to be followed by a similar meeting at the block level from July 21-30.
A block level Adhikar Sammelan will be held through out the state from August 9-30, 2012 and that will be followed by such meetings in the districts in September this year.
The ministers and other JD(U) functionaries will fine tune preparations in October this year to make the `Adhikar rally` at Patna a major success.
The JD(U) had recently announced its decision to organize
the `Adhikar rally` in Patna on November six next to mobilise the people in large numbers to press for the Chief Minister`s pet political agenda of seeking a special category status to Bihar to woo private investment for industrial development and with a long-term objective to overcome economic backwardness.
Apparently stung by rejection of special status demand by the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) under the Planning Commission, the Chief Minister had vowed to mobilize massive public support to compel the Centre to grant such a status to Bihar which fulfilled three of five criteria for the same.
In a two-pronged strategy, Kumar had written a letter to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to set up an experts committee to look into the demand for special category status and simultaneous asked his party - the JD(U) to organize a `Adhikar rally` on the issue.
Interestingly, the Chief Minister has decided to keep out the junior coalition partner - BJP - out of the special status agenda and the `Adhikar rally`.