Nitish Kumar denies scuttling Rabri's demand for special status
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today denied that he had ever scuttled the special status demand made by Rabri Devi and taunted Lalu Prasad that being a powerful minister in the UPA-I he should have used his influence to get the demand met by the UPA government if it was not done by the NDA government.
"It's an absolute lie that I had got the special demand made by my predecessor scuttled," he told a public meeting at the Polo Ground in Munger district during 'Adhikar Yatra' in a rejoinder to the RJD supremo's claim.
Prasad being the powerful Railway Minister during the UPA-I could have wielded his influence in the corridors of power then to get special status for Bihar if he was really serious about the matter, Kumar said.
"If the RJD leader could use his influence in the UPA-I government to get the President's Rule imposed in Bihar in early 2005 then the grant of special status in Bihar was a small thing for him," he said in a stinging attack on his bitter political adversary.
He also accused Prasad of using foul language and practising disruptive politics and said that he could not match the latter's conduct and narrow political agendas.
The Chief Minister further took pot shot at the RJD supremo for pursuing family-oriented politics as he has been known to further interest of his brother in-laws' relatives and contrary to that Kumar had no familiar interests to pursue.
"I have sincerely yearned for development of Bihar and pursued politics on development agendas," he said. The Chief Minister rapped Prasad for negating development works in Bihar during the NDA rule and said that even his critics have acknowledged that there has been positive change in the state for the good.
"I have brought development in Bihar in the past seven years," he said, adding that the good works done by his government were not sufficient to fulfil aspirations of all people and the special category status demand was the only way the state could stride further on the path of development.
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