Patna: The JDU on Saturday took a jibe at the RJD for its attack on chief minister Nitish Kumar over the special category status to Bihar.
The JDU said it had not forgotten the demand and would keep raising it.
The JDU’s comment came a day after Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav challenged Nitish to support the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in the Lok Sabha for not giving Bihar special category status.
“Ever since Nitish ji came to power in 2005, he has been pressing for the special category status to Bihar and we will keep demanding it in future too,” said JDU MLC Neeraj.
“It is a new demand for the RJD because they want to take political mileage but for us, it’s an old demand and we will get it sooner or later.”
The young RJD leader had challenged that if the chief minister was serious about the special category status demand for Bihar, he should follow suit of the N. Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP). He added that if Nitish doesn’t, then he must stop his nautanki (drama) of asking for special category status to Bihar.
“For political benefits, Lalu Prasad, who is in jail in corruption case, is now remembering the issue of special category status to Bihar. But I want to ask him that why he did not do anything when he was part of the UPA government and when he had his government in Bihar as well,” Neeraj stressed.
Neeraj, who is also the spokesperson of the party, accused the Lalu family that instead of pressing for the demand of special category status to Bihar, Lalu was busy making benami property in his regime.
The JDU claimed that as soon as Nitish came to power in 2005, he had sent a memorandum to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and also passed an unanimous resolution in the Bihar Assembly and the Council.
“What has the RJD done for the special category status to Bihar? The JDU organised Adhikar Rally in New Delhi on March 17, 2013, and also sent an application to the Centre with the signature of 1.25 crore people of Bihar. The RJD wants to reap political mileage from this issue and nothing else. Tejashwi Prasad Yadav is not at all concerned about the demand and doing this out of frustration after losing power,” Neeraj alleged.
Courtesy: The Telegraph