Back our 'rail roko', get support for your bandh, BJP tells Nitish

With JD(U) and BJP launching separate agitations to protest the Centre’s denial of special category status to Bihar like Seemandhra, BJP on Saturday said if Chief Minister Nitish Kumar supported its ‘rail roko’ stir on February 28, it would also join his March 2 statewide bandh.

“The issue is the same. So if the CM and his party JD(U) supports BJP’s ‘rail roko’ on February 28, the party will also join his March 2 Bihar bandh to protest against the Centre’s discriminatory approach on special category status,” senior BJP leader Sushil Modi said here.

The former deputy chief minister alleged that Kumar’s decision to defer the bandh call by a day to March 2 seemed to be aimed at “disturbing” Narendra Modi’s rally at Muzaffarpur on March 3 by disrupting road and rail traffic.

Kumar had at first called the bandh on March one but later decided to defer it by a day to March two considering the examinations in the state on the first day.

He also took a dig at Kumar for calling a bandh on a Sunday. “Major markets across the state remain close on Sunday. This will help Kumar claim success of the bandh.”Modi said his party has trashes the report of Raghuram Rajan committee defining afresh backwardness of states. 

Moreover, the announcement of special category status for Seemandhra made it clear that “constitution of committee or its report is not required for getting special category status which in fact is decided on political considerations,” Modi said.

Meanwhile, Bihar JD(U) president Basistha Narayan Singh on being asked to give a categorical answer on whether JD(U) would support BJP’s ‘rail roko’ to get BJP’s support for its ‘Bihar bandh’, he said, “We have not said anything against their rail roko stir.” 

BJP move an afterthought

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday termed as ‘after thought’ the BJP’s decision to support his call ‘Bihar bandh’ in return of his support to their ‘rail roko’ agitation. “After I made an appeal to all parties and the people to observe a bandh on March two to protest against the UPA government’s discriminatory approach by denying special category status to Bihar while announcing it for Seemandhra overnight, they (BJP) gave a call for agitation,’ Kumar told reporters here.

“Their’s is a party programme and they are free to do that. But, my appeal for the March two bandh is for the people and all parties,” he said.

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