Senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar will lead a protest on October 20 against BJP's "injustice" and "betrayal" over providing special category status to the state as promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Lok Sabha elections.
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday said he was ready to become the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he granted special category status to the state and fulfilled other long pending demands.
Seeking to revive the special status demand as its trump card for the Assembly polls next year, JD(U) on Thursday decided to hold dharna at all the district headquarters on October 20 to pressurise the Centre to grant the status to Bihar.
Observing that the Manjhi government does not have the mandate to seek special status for Bihar, former deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday ruled out the centre considering such proposal till the formation of a new government in the state.
Union Urban Development Minister and senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh would be accorded special category status even as Telangana assembly adopted a resolution seeking identical status.
Amid a raging row over Article 370 that guarantees special status for Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday appealed to the Centre to take all political parties in confidence before making any move on such sensitive issues.
Arun Jaitley said on Monday that Congress` assurance for the past two years to Bihar`s ruling JD(U) for special category status to the state was "more political" than being linked to economic necessity.
As Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar frowned at the Centre, BJP on Monday took a dig at him, saying he was led up the "garden path" by Congress on the issue of special status and hinted that this had led to its split with BJP.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday questioned the Centre as to why Odisha was not being accorded special category status ignoring its long standing demand while the same was given to newly-created Seemandhra.