New Delhi: From signatures to saplings, JD (U) wants to cash in every opportunity to seek special status for Bihar. After the success of ‘signature campaign’ for pressurizing the Government to give in to the demand of ‘special state’ status to Bihar, the ruling Janata Dal (United) is now all set to initiate a ‘green campaign’ to intensify the movement. The party has announced that its workers will plant more than one lakh saplings and would also look after those.

Not only this, they are also aiming to increase the party members to 50 lakh by the year end to sharpen their attack on the Centre for special status for the state.

After the government change in the state in 2005 the continuous efforts for the development in the state have failed to yield adequate results, therefore the JD (U) leadership feels special status is a must for the state’s overall development.

JD (U) national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari said, “In order to eradicate poverty from the state, the party has maintained a constant pressure on the Central Government for attaining the ‘special status’ without which it would be next to impossible to develop Bihar.”

It has been mentioned in the vision document of 11th plan that if the economic growth of India and Bihar continued at the pace of 10th plan then the per capita income of one person would be Rs 5,589 while the country’s average per capita income would increase to Rs 23,209 crore.

Tiwari said, “We are all geared up for the campaign against Centre to demand special status for Bihar. If the Prime Minister fails to get the nod of National Development Council for Bihar then we are ready to launch the biggest ever protest in the Gandhi Maidan in the state.”

According to Tiwari, the battle can be a success only with the help of the party workers, who have been asked to plant saplings as they also have the responsibility towards society.

JPN/Bureau