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Advani for special status to Bihar if voted to power

india Updated: Apr 10, 2009 23:58 IST

Promising special status to Bihar if the NDA comes to power, its prime ministerial candidate LK Advani on Friday declared his government would adopt a policy of zero-tolerance to terror and corruption.

Addressing an election rally at Buxar, Advani agreed with the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who shared the dias with him, that Bihar needed a special package to give a new thrust to development.

"We will ensure giving special status to Bihar for further pacing up the development works initiated by the Nitish Kumar-led Government, if the alliance is voted to power," Advani said while showering praises on Kumar for his "relentless and committed" efforts for changing the face of the state.

If voted to power, NDA government would endeavour to bring back to the country the ill-gotten wealth of "the corrupt and the traitors" stashed in tax havens abroad, Advani told election meetings at Buxar, Sasaram and Nawada in Bihar.

Referring to the cash-for-vote scam during the confidence motion in parliament last year after the Left parties warted ways with the UPA Government, Advani said it was a "national shame" that the Congress-led government indulged in alleged horsetrading for its survival.

"The people of the country will never forget the incident," Advani said.