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Pappu Yadav Bihar MP calls in for a discussion on special status for the state in Parliament

Pappu Yadav MP from the state of Bihar and president of the Lok Janata Party today called in for a discussion in the Parliament for giving Bihar a special status.

In a letter penned down to the Lok Sabha general secretary, Yadav pinpointed the widening gap in the levels of development of different states of India.

He wrote, “Even the benefits drawn-out by the planning commission and the finance commission for different states of the country have not been able to fill this gap”.

Being an MP from the constituency of Madhepura in Bihar, Yadav explained that his state has to more often than not bear the aftermath of the floods caused by rivers that are overflowing coming from across the border in Nepal, which has in turn adversely affected the state’s development.

On the other hand, Chief Minister of the state, Nitish Kumar said that he has not given in on the demand of granting a special status to the state “for even a second” ever since he raised the matter 13 years ago.

He lashed out at the RJD for posing a question on his “silence” after the TDP quit NDA that sought the same benefits for the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Kumar refused to comment on Lalu Yadav’s conviction in fourth fodder scam case, yet he did not abstain from remarking that the assertions of the former chief minister and his family being framed in different cases of corruption “could convince the supporters that are hardcore followers”.

Kumar said it to the reporters at the party headquarters in Delhi, “I had written to the then prime minister for a special status to Bihar in 2005, shortly after assuming power in the state. A year later, we got a resolution passed in the state assembly to the effect.

Since then, the demand has been raised by us relentlessly and I have not strayed for even a second. I’m amused to see those who were never concerned about the issue have suddenly started questioning my silence”.

He also sent signals that the issue of special status would be taken up in the 15th Finance Commission.

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