‘Fight for special state category will continue’

Patna: The demand for granting special state category status to Bihar had now become the common people's demand and the 'fight' for it would continue till the Centre conceded it, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said.

"We are happy to learn that the Prime Minister has agreed to discuss the issue at the next National Development Council meeting ... We also know that whatever the PM will say at the NDC meeting it will be against the demand," he told newsmen here.

He, however, thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for giving an appointment to JD(U) delegation in New Delhi recently but said if the PM had so desired he would have accepted the demand then.

Kumar said if required people would be asked to come here to manifest their support to the demand.

"We are happy that we have been able to obtain signatures from more than one crore people in support of the special category demand for which the state fulfills all the conditions," he added.