In a bid to woo the electorate of rural Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday promised to give special status to villagers and set up 'Gram Vikas Fund' on the lines of MPLAD funds for development of villages if the party is elected to power in the upcoming Assembly elections.
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.
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.