Nitish castigates Opposition for disrupting 'Adhikar Yatra'
Kishanganj: Stung by massive protest during his 'Adhikar Yatra' in the districts, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday slammed opposition parties for allegedly orchestrating the stir to "sabotage" his campaign on the demand for special status to the state.
"The opposition forces are unable to digest my 'Adhikar Yatra' and they have tried to sabotage the campaign by instigating protest against me," he told a meeting of JD(U) workers at Khagra stadium in Kishanganj district.
Kumar said he was unfazed by the protests and would carry on his campaign on the special category status demand as he has the larger public interest and Bihar's development in mind.
Youths would benefit if special status was granted as private investors would pump in money to set up industrial units in the state, which in turn would generate employment opportunities, he said.
Bihar required special status, which would act as a stimulant to fast track development activities, he said, adding that the state's development was a key to the emergence of India as a global economic power.
Kumar said he was convinced that the people of Bihar would have to showcase their collective power to compel the Centre to grant the status.
It was on this belief that JD(U) had organised the 'Adhikar rally' here on November 4 so that the Centre could see public mood on the issue and accept to the demand without any delay.
Kumar warned the Centre of rallies and programmes in New Delhi by his party JD(U) early next year if it did not positively consider the special status demand.
His 'Adhikar Yatra' in Kishanganj district was downgraded to a meeting of JD(U) workers apparently in the wake of massive protest at various venues of his tour and only 2000 workers were allowed in at the stadium to listen to the former.
As many as 1200 policemen were deployed in the stadium while thousands others manned various points in Kishanganj town to foil any kind of protest against the chief minister.
Seven suspected protesters were taken into preventive detention ahead of his visit, while contractual teachers were directed by the district education officer to attend mandatory training programmes despite the day being a holiday, official sources said.
Contractual teachers have been vociferously protesting against the chief ninister during his 'Adhikar yatra' since it began from Betiah in West Champaran district on September 19 last demanding regularization of their service and parity in salaries and allowances with permanent teachers.
The a demand has been rejected outright by the chief minister.