Patna: Reacting strongly to Sam Pitroda’s (advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation) remark that there was no need to grant special status category to Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar suggested him to stay away from the state’s affairs.

The Chief Minister added that the Planning Commission and Union Finance Ministry have the authority to decide whether a state should get a special status or not.

Nitish said, “He is just an advisor to the Prime Minister. Pitroda is not the right person to answer any question on according special state category to Bihar. He is neither a member of the Planning Commission nor had any kind of relation with the Union Finance Ministry. The Planning Commission and the Finance Ministry would decide whether the special status should be given or not.”

He further reiterated his demand for special state status to Bihar by saying the Planning Commission and a delegation of the state has examined the matter and already made detailed presentation before the respective officials.
When asked to react on the reported World Bank report on bribery in highway project, Kumar termed the matter as ‘extremely serious’.

He assured that the culprits would be brought to the book and added he had already doubts in his mind about a scam in the Lucknow-Muzaffarpur highway project.

Reacting to a question whether Bihar MPs -- Kirti Azad and Lalu Prasad Yadav -- not spending their MPLAD funds in the state, Kumar said, the Centre needed to take a decision on the scheme.