‘Nitish only playing politics on special status de
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Last Updated: Monday, August 29, 2011, 19:25
Patna: LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan Tuesday criticised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for playing 'politics' on the special status demand for Bihar and said that if the latter was sincere then he should have prevailed upon the then NDA government to accord special status to the backward state soon after bifurcation of the state a decade ago.

"Kumar is simply playing politics on the special status demand for Bihar ranting about the matter now, but he did not press for the special status while the NDA was in power at the centre," he told reporters here.

Soon after bifurcation of Bihar, the then RJD government had passed two resolutions seeking special category status to tide over economic backwardness in the state, but the then NDA government chose to ignore the matter, Paswan said.

The LJP leader also flayed the NDA government on the corruption issue and claimed that the scourge stood at 'an all time high' in Bihar at present.

"Let anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare send his team to Bihar to assess the magnitude of corruption prevailing in Bihar", Paswan said.

At the same time, Paswan reiterated his commitment to work for the betterment of Bihar and said that from now onwards he will raise Bihar-centric issues in Parliament.


First Published: Monday, August 29, 2011, 19:25

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