During his "Adhikar" rally in the national capital, Nitish Kumar reiterated his demand of special status for Bihar.
Surprising the huge crowd gathered at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday, March 17, Nitish did not slam the UPA government, rather he began his speech thanking the Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram for considering different problems which his state has been facing.
Nitish was quoted as saying,"...I am glad that following the economic survey, the finance minister addressed Bihar's problems. He said that the parameters by which the special status is granted should be reconsidered."
"In fact, during the budget speech, his hinted that the government will rethink the parameters. I hope he keeps his words and we demand our right to special status be honoured by the Centre," added the Bihar Chief Minister.
However, threatening UPA government of taking actions against it, Kumar said, "If the foreign minister and his government doesn't act on what Chidambaram said during his budget speech, we have to take the battle to Delhi. The ones who will come to power in Delhi in 2014, will be the ones who address Bihar's demands. No one can get ahead and run the country without taking care of Bihar's needs."
Speaking about President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to his state, Kumar said, "President Pranab Mukherjee had gone through our plan and praised it. So many states get aid for agriculture, why should we not get the same too? Several states get such relief, they should too if they are in trouble, but Bihar shouldn't be ignored."
Earlier on Saturday, Modi addressed a crowd gathered at the India Today conclave. During his speech, Modi said, "I have never dreamt of becoming someone in life. I have always tried to do something. Mostly people dream of becoming someone and die. I have never followed this."