Ranchi: Toeing the lines of Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government, the Bharatiya Janata Party will kick start a signature campaign from September 25 demanding special status for Jharkhand.

After the completion of the campaign, the BJP, which is leading the ruling alliance in the state, will hand over the signed memorandum to President Pratibha Patil.

The decision was taken during the meeting of the party officials, chaired by BJP state unit president Dr Dineshnand Goswami.

“Jharkhand is a backward state with 29 percent forest area and half of the land is un-irrigated. The Centre has rights on its mineral resources. If 11 states have been given special status, Jharkhand should be the 12th state to receive the same,” Goswami told reporters after the meeting.

Goswami informed that while the party will stage a dharna against the Centre for scarcity of fertilizers in all blocks of the state on September 13, it will take out a Kisan Morcha in front of Raj Bhavan on September 15 to highlight the issue.

Jharkhand received 83.54 MT urea as against the demand of 1.80 lakh MT.