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CM Nitish Kumar enforces bandh in Bihar demanding special status

Mar 02, 2014 11:33 AM IST Politics Politics

Patna: Demanding special status to Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has given a state-wide bandh call on Sunday. He has slammed the Centre for granting special status to Seemandhra while ignoring Bihar.

The CM will be holding a day-long dharna demanding special status to the state. He will set out on a 'pad yatra' from his residence at around 11 am and will head to the historic Gandhi Maidan of Patna.

He says, "Special status for Bihar is a legitimate demand. The Congress has given special status to Seemandhara and left Bihar under a political; understanding with BJP. This bias against Bihar. Bihar has the right to develop and should get the special status."

Road and rail traffic have been severely hit by the bandh as JD(U) workers are out on streets blocking traffic movement on national highway leading to Patna. They held demonstrations at Dak Bungalow crossing in the capital city in morning.

Party workers are also targeting railway property as train services remain disrupted in the state.

Congress leader Rashid Alvi says on Nitish's demands, "Our government has given a lot of funds for Bihar's development but still if they feel the need for special status they can place their demand."

The strike call given by JD(U) comes after the BJP earlier this week organised 'Rail Roko' movement to pressurise the Centre over special status.