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Another BJP minister rejects Nitish’s demand for granting special category status to Bihar

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PATNA: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s demand for granting special status to Bihar has been rejected for the second time in a month by the BJP government at the centre.

This time the demand been rejected by Union minister Giriraj Singh, a firebrand BJP leader considered in the good book of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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“One should talk about development, not special status,” Singh was quoted as saying to the media in a Hindi daily Dainik Jagran on Friday.

Singh made these remarks while talking to reporters at Barbigha town in Sheikhpura district.

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According to him, the prime minister had promised to grant special package to Bihar during the Lok Sabha campaign.

“That promises is being fulfilled,” he said and claimed the centre was providing all support to Bihar in matter of development.

Last month, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Planning Rao Inderjit Singh had made similar observations over granting special category status to Bihar.

“An inter-ministerial group formed on September 8, 2011 had earlier discussed the issue of granting special category status to Bihar. It presented its report on March 30, 2012. The group on the basis of the present criteria fixed by the NDC, had come to the conclusion that Bihar can’t be granted Special Category stats…There is no change in this criteria till date,” said a letter sent to Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav by Mr Singh.

The letter was sent on September 13, 2017 in response to Yadav seeking centre’s to clarification over Special Category status to Bihar.

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