September 30, 2020

Is Nitish Kumar asking for Special Status for Bihar from Donald Trump: RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav

NEW DELHI: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday took a dig at chief minister Nitish Kumar and asked if the latter is asking for the Special Status of Bihar from US President Donald Trump.

Citing example of Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, Yadav said that Kumar should “grow a spine” like the former did when he pulled out of the NDA government over the issue of granting Special Status to his state.

“Are Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi asking Special Status for Bihar from Donald Trump? Do you think the public is a fool? Are you afraid of asking Modi ji ? Nitish ‘chacha’, you should grow a spine like Chandrababu Naidu! We are asking for Bihar’s right and not charity,” he said in a tweet.

The RJD leader also questioned when the NDA is in power in both the Centre and the state then why is the special status for Bihar getting obstructed. He accused the Kumar’s government of “stealing” the people’s mandate and said that “opportunist” government is looking for a reason to not fulfill their promise of development.

Earlier, while speaking to ANI, the former deputy chief minister of Bihar demanded the resignation of Kumar for ‘halting’ Special Category Status (SCS) for the state.

Tejashwi said that Nitish is just pretending to work for the welfare of Bihar

“He is creating an image that he is working for Bihar but the BJP is at fault so taking a stand he must exit (from alliance). But all he cares about is a vote,” Tejashwi said.

“It was he who halted Special Status to Bihar in the first place. He remembered this only when he became the chief minister. He has been the Chief Minister for so long but Bihar was never granted special status, he must resign on moral grounds,” he added.

This came after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in a blog, highlighted various issues impeding Bihar’s development and implored the central government for granting the Special Category Status (SCS) for the state.

He lamented that state’s development has been hampered “due to lopsided polaicies , social and economic reasons” and said the Planning Commission and successive Finance Commissions (FC) have not been able to effectively address the issues of inequality of growth among the states through fund transfers.

“There has been a concerted effort by state government to turn the tide of underdevelopment and initiate the state towards a promising future of growth, prosperity and harmony in the last 12-13 years. In spite of unhelpful conditions and an inherent bias, Bihar has witnessed a double-digit growth in these years,” he wrote in the blog post.

Citing that the lack of industries in the state post bifurcation as being detrimental to both public and private investments, thus halting the state’s development, he said its direct result was the low per capita income in Bihar, which presently was 68 percent lower than the national per capita income.

Courtesy: TNN

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