Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar on Monday launched a JD(U) drive for obtaining one crore signatures for exerting pressure on the Centre for according special status to the state.
Kumar said his party activists would visit different parts of the state to obtain the signatures from one crore people and those would be submitted to the President Pratibha Patil.
Kumar said a backward state like Bihar deserved special treatment after bifurcation as the mines and minerals went to Jharkhand.
He said the state assembly had already adopted a resolution which had already been forwarded to the centre for according the special state catergory to Bihar.
Criticising the Centre for ignoring the state's demands for special package for 2008 flood-affected people in Kosi belt and waiver of restrictions on manufacturing ethanol from sugarcane juice, he said the Centre's restrictions had deprived Bihar of investments to the tune of more than 38,000 crore.