PATNA: BJP leader and former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi has said his party is ready to extend support to JD (U)'s Bihar bandh on March 2 to press for special state status to Bihar provided the latter supports the BJP-sponsored 'rail roko' agitation for the same on February 28.
CM Kumar has sought support of all parties for the bandh. "Instead of seeking support of all parties for JD (U)'s bandh call, the CM should have convened a meeting of all parties and taken a joint decision on the course of agitation for special status. It would have had greater impact on the Centre had the bandh call been given jointly by all parties," Modi told newsmen on Saturday and accused Kumar of weakening the state's fight for the special status by "hijacking" the issue and trying to make it a demand of JD (U).
Modi alleged Kumar's decision to defer the bandh by a day to March 2 seemed to be aimed at "disturbing" Narendra Modi's rally at Muzaffarpur on March 3. Kumar had first called the bandh on March 1.
Modi also pointed out Kumar had welcomed the report of Raghuram Rajan committee and repeatedly said he would not accept anything less than the special status to Bihar. But the fact is, the committee, in its recommendation, abolished the very concept of special state status, Modi said.
The BJP leader said when the CM was patting himself terming the Raghuram committee report as "an achievement", one of the committee members Shaibal Gupta had given a 10-page note of dissent. "If the report was an achievement, why Gupta, who was representing the interests of Bihar in the committee, gave a note of dissent?" he asked.
Modi also quoted Gupta's note as saying "it seems there is a concerted strategy not only to deny Bihar the special status but also to deny its legitimate demand by putting it on a higher rank in the underdevelopment index." Gupta had said the committee report was against the interest of Bihar, Modi said.
Source..times of india