Patna: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, will demand for special status of the state from the Centre at Adhikar rally on Sunday. Flow of masses from all across the state is expected to turn at the historic Gandhi Maidan in Patna from where they will press for acceptance of the special status demand.

JD(U) has made special arrangements to ensure that people across the globe can see the 'Adhikar rally' sitting in their homes. The party has launched a special website www.biharadhikarrally.com which would provide live display of the rally and also the speech of the Chief Minister. Those sitting in their homes in any part of the globe or at a small village in Bihar would have the opportunity to see the  rally live on the internet.

Kumar has been vigorously raising this demand soon after he came to power in 2005, stressing on the fact that it would help the state quickly achieve the national average of various indicators of development as the present rate of growth with limited resources would need at least 20 years to acheive the same.

He had ensured that his party could rake up the issue in  remote parts of the state and mobilise the people to attend Sunday's rally. In the run up to the rally, Nitish addressed a series of meetings in several districts during which he pointed out that Bihar was a fit case to be granted the special status.

Big hoardings depicting photos of the chief minister, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, party's state president Basistha Narain Singh among others, had been erected at the maidan and at important roads in Patna. Singh said his party was organising the first rally after being voted to power in 2005. Bihar had suffered for long due to 'discrimination' being meted out by the Centre, he added.

JD(U) ministers, MLAs and MLCs had made arrangments for food and lodging in Patna for the participants. They have even pressed into services cooks from Varanasi and other locations across the country for preparation items like laddus, jalebis and littis relished by the Biharis.

Attractive pandals with colourful lights had been erected in the residential premises of ministers, party MLAs, MLCs as well as at other places for a comfortable stay of the participants. Medical camps and mobile teams of doctors would be pressed into services. A large number of party volunteers would be in action to guide those coming from remote corners of the state. The administration has decided to install CCTVs on buildings around Gandhi Maidan to scare away trouble mongers.

ADG (headquarters) Rabindra Kumar said police had decided to extensively use CCTVs to keep vigil. 'On the basis of visuals, a team of police officers, equipped with sophisticated gadgets, would rush to the spot if the situation warranted,' Mr Kumar said. The fire brigade would also be deployed at selected places to deal with any eventuality.

He said all the district police superintendents had been directed to take precautionary measures to ensure hassle free movement of people for the rally in Patna. Those trying to create law and order problem would be dealt with iron hand, he warned. Woman ministers in the Nitish Kumar government, Renu Kumari and Praveen Amanullah, are personally supervising open kitchens preparing food for rallyist 'guests', with tents set up with bed rolls for the rallyists.

"I have made food and lodging arrangements for about 15,000 people coming for the Adhikar rally," Renu Kumari, the minister for industries said. She said she has hired 100 cooks and assistants for preparing the food. "I served herbal tea to over 4000 rallyists this morning who have already arrived at my bungalow," Bhim Singh, the rural development minister said.

The menu prepared by Singh, who switched over to JD(U) from Lalu Prasad's RJD, is puri, vegetables, pickles and papad. Food and civil supplies minister Shyam Razak, has made food arrangements at Phulwarisharif, his constituency on the Patna outskirts. Arrangements could also been seen at the ministerial bungalows of Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, P K Shahi, Bijendra Yadav and Narendra Narayan Yadav, with their wives supervising the arrangements.

JD(U) chief Whip Shrawan Kumar said he hired 60 cooks to prepare rice, dal, vegetables and salad for the people from his Nalanda constituency. Sources in the Danapur Railway Division said seven trains have been booked by JD(U) parliamentarians and leaders to people from across the state to the rally aimed at demanding special status for Bihar.

The trains booked for Rs. 9 lakh each would have limited stops as per directives of persons who booked them, the sources said. Arrangements have been made to halt them at the Patna junction, Danapur and Rajendranagar terminals so that other train services were not disturbed, they added.

(Agencies)

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