With Union minister Ramvilas Paswan saying that special status to Bihar would be accorded only after NDA comes to power in the state, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Monday charged the Centre with being "insincere" and only indulging in "politics" over the matter.
Maintaining that marginalisation of regional parties in Maharashtra and Haryana must not be seen as a pattern, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday said his party would contest the Bihar Assembly polls next year in alliance with LJP and RLSP.
With the toll in the stampede incident outside the Gandhi Maidan here going up to 33 on Saturday, Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan blamed the Bihar government for "lapses" that resulted in the tragedy, though it was denied by the city's district administration.
Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan on Tuesday flayed Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi for "playing the victim" in an alleged purification of a temple within hours of his visit to pay obeisance, saying he should have acted against whosoever responsible for it.
Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday said that Central government was trying to wash its hands off the issue of price rise and is passing the buck to state governments to rein in inflation.