Addressing Janata Dal(United) meetings of different party cells, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in a veiled attack on RJD rival Lalu Prasad on Monday appealed to mahadalits to keep away from elements seeking to divide them and stand united to give a befitting reply to them.
"The NDA government has taken an initiative to bring mahadalits (a sub-section of most deprived within dalits) into the mainstream. But some elements who are not happy with this are trying to divide them so we need to keep away from such elements," Kumar said addressing party's mahadalit cell here.
He said his government begun the process of providing land to mahadalits so that they have a dwelling to live with their family.
"Till now people used to do politics in the name of mahadalits but the NDA government for the first time took steps to bring them into mainstream through various welfare schemes," he said.
The JD(U) meetings starting yesterday at picturesque Rajgir in Nalanda, Kumar's native district, is being projected as beginning of party's preparation for the 2014 elections.
The CM is attending meetings of all party cells himself.
Kumar reiterated JD(U)'s demand for special category status for Bihar to spur its development process.
State JD(U) president Bashist Narayan Singh, party MP RCP Singh also participated in the meeting.
Earlier, the CM inspected progress in construction of police academy at Rajgir and instructed Additional Director General of Police Sunil Kumar to plant trees on both sides of the road leading to the academy.
Police officials from Sub Inspector rank till DSP would be given training in the academy.