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Nitish talks 'special state', offers incentives to party workers

Anil Kumar, Hindustan Times  Patna, August 26, 2013
First Published: 20:55 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 20:56 IST(26/8/2013)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday cited his 'special category state' status demand as at the core of his strategy for the Lok Sabha poll 2014.

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Under attack from the BJP, his coalition partner turned foe since their parting of ways on June 16, following a scrap over Narendra Modi, Kumar also dangled 'incentives' to keep JD (U) workers in good humour.

"Delay in meeting the special status demand will escalate into a big political issue during the Lok Sabha poll", Kumar told party legislators and workers at the 'karyakarta ke durbar mein mukhyamantri' programme in Patna, on Monday.

"For me, the aspiration of 10.5 crore people is important. I hope that Bihar's demand would be met, or else, we will make it an issue. We are ready for polls, as and when, it takes place", the chief minister said.

For keeping the workers all charged up, Kumar sought to send across the message that many in the JD (U) rank and file would be 'accommodated' in the soon-to-be reconstituted programme implementation committees at the block, district and state levels.

The message came at a time when there are indications that several boards and corporations, having BJP leaders as heads and members, will also be revamped by accommodating JD (U) workers. 

On the BJP's vow not allow him to live in peace, Kumar said, "I am an all-weather man who has toiled hard to put the state on the road to development by braving scorching summers and chilly winters. It is they who have become restless as they now out of their comfort zone following their exit from the government." 

He, however, advised party workers to remain alert for maintaining peace and harmony in the society, which was a vital precondition for achieving human development.

Kumar also urged party workers to play an important role in formation of self help groups, recalling his government had given impetus to women's empowerment and set a target of skill development of one crore youth.

Listing out government's initiative in education and infrastructure sectors, the chief minister asked workers to ensure proper monitoring of the diesel subsidy scheme for farmer to help them tide over the drought-like situation.

The feedback the chief minister received during the interaction with party workers was nobody in the rural area wanted the environment of peace and harmony in the state to be disturbed at any cost.

The chief minister said that the task of constituting the JD (U)'s booth level committees should be completed on a priority basis.

He also directed the agriculture minister Narendra Singh to constitute a cell for monitoring the contingency plan to tackle the dry spell in many parts of Bihar.


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