Patna: Senior Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi on Sunday blamed Nitish government for not getting the special category status to Bihar.
“There were some ‘legal and statutory’ obstacles in granting special category status to Bihar. The state government had to remove these obstacles. But it failed to do so. Hence, the status could not be granted,” said Chaturvedi, who is also in charge of Congress affairs in Bihar. He, however, refused to disclose the ‘obstacles’ details saying it would take hours.
On reminded that he was the first politician to reveal such obstacles, Chaturvedi said, “The minister had given similar reply in Parliament eight months back.”
Chaturvedi was here to review the party’s preparations for the remaining four phases of Lok Sabha polls in the state. He demanded from the Election Commission ‘suitable action’ against BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his controversial comments that “those opposing Narendra Modi will have a place in Pakistan”.
The Congress leader avoided a direct reply to a question pertaining to Robert Vadra’s alleged land deals, saying the BJP’s PM pick Narendra Modi was a master in cooking up stories and spreading rumours.
Attacking BJP leader Nitin Gadkari for his “casteism is in the DNA of Bihar” comment, Chaturvedi said the BJP leaders were insulting Bihar people by passing such remarks. “Just see the statements of Gadkari and Giriraj. This is the character of BJP leaders,” he said and sought Narendra Modi’s apology for such insulting remarks by BJP leaders.
Chaturvedi also said the people of Bihar should ask Modi as to how the BJP continued its alliance with the party whose workers beat up the natives of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in Maharashtra.