Patna: Seeking special status for Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has flagged off a signature campaign Rath Yatra on Saturday in support of the demand. Nitish said, “All we need from the Centre is special status for the state,” adding without which private investment will be impossible.

It will be meaningless to imagine development unless Centre grants Bihar special status, said the CM.

“I will take up the issue in the regional meeting of Planning Commission in Patna,” he added. Traditionally, Bihar has remained a backward state in the absence of private investment.

The CM said, “We are moving forward with the agenda of development. Large scale development will be impossible to achieve in the absence of private investment in the state.”

If Bihar gets the special status there will be concession in Central taxes which will attract investors to the state.  Nitish said, “Due to the separation of Jharkhand from Bihar all the mineral wealth has gone there,” adding in lieu of this the previous NDA government at the Centre had made an arrangement of Rs 1000 crore to the state and this aid should not be stopped.

He added, “We should get a permission to make an integrated port near Orissa border.”