`Special status, a matter of right and not begging alms`
Muzaffarpur: In a forceful message to the Centre, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Saturday said that the special category status was a matter of right for Bihar and its people and not begging for alms.
"The special category status demand is the right of people.....We are pursuing out rightful demand and not seeking the same as alms," he said at a public meeting here.
In a stern warning to the UPA government, Kumar said that the people will teach those who are opposed to the special status demand, a lesson in the 2014 general elections.
The Chief Minister, who is undertaking nearly a month-long `Adhikar Yatra` since September 19, said that the next government at the Centre would be formed by only that party which would grant special status to Bihar.
Stating that the grant of special right was a must for allround development of Bihar, Kumar said that the measure will fast track development activities.
Whatever development has taken place in Bihar has taken place with state funds, he said.
Once the special category status was accorded then there would be additional funds at its disposal for pumping in development activities, he said.
"The private investors will also come to Bihar in a big way as they will stand to get various tax benefits after grant of special status to the state", Kumar said.
Addressing another public meeting in Sitamarhi district, the chief minister said that he will fight for the special category status till his last breath as it was a "legitimate" demand of the state and its people.
He said that the JD(U) will take the battle on the special status issue to New Delhi and organise a rally at the Ramlila ground next year if the Centre did not grant special status to Bihar.
"Bihar fulfilled all yardsticks required for grant of special status and the centre should positively consider the demand to enable the state to woo private investment for fast track development," Kumar said.
Meanwhile, the chief minister was shown black flags by Congress workers on NH-77 during his journey to Sitamarhi by road to address `Adhikar Sammelan.
A large number of Congress workers gathered at Runni Saidpur and Tuma villages and displayed black flags to Kumar as his cavalcade whizzed past the protesters.
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