Nitish Kumar to observe 24-hour fast on March 14 against land acquisition bill

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Patna, March 11: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will lead JD(U) leaders and workers while observing a 24-hour fast in the state on March 14 protesting against the land acquisition bill and other policies of the NDA government at the Centre.

The JD(U) has decided to observe 24-hour fast on March 14 next to protest against the NDA government's land acquisition bill and other policies having wider ramification for the country and its people, party's state unit president Bashistha Narayan Singh told reporters. The party functionaries will observe the fast at the party office here, he said.

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Simultaneously, party workers will observe fast at the district and block levels on the same day to apprise the people about the pitfalls of the land acquisition bill, Singh said.

The JD(U) will also formulate a host of agitational programmes in future to sustain its campaign against the NDA government on a host of issues affecting the people, he said.

The state unit JD(U) president refused to get drawn into comparison after being asked about the former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and his former cabinet colleagues' day-long fast to be observed tomorrow.

"Though I have nothing to say on the fast to be observed by Manjhi and his men tomorrow, one thing is clear that the former chief minister has been working at the behest of the BJP for past many months," Singh said.

PTI

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