New Delhi: After holding a rally in Delhi for demanding special status for Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday.

"The Bihar chief minister will first meet Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia at 10.45 am, and then meet Finance Minister P Chidamabaram at 11.45 am. Later, at 4.30 pm, he is scheduled to meet the prime minister," the official said.

Sources said the chief minister would stress on granting special status for Bihar, which was the focus of his 'Adhikar Rally' held here on Sunday. Nitish Kumar would also attend a Bihar festival around 1 pm on Monday.

Earlier on Sunday, addressing a party rally in the national capital, Kumar said his state should be given special status as it is lagging behind in all aspects of development.

He also sought the Centre's assistance for development of all backward states in the country, asserting that only those who feel for such states will rule the Centre after 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, JD (U)’s key ally BJP said it would have been better had the even been organised under the NDA banner. "It would have been better if the rally in Delhi would have been organised under the NDA banner as both JD (U) and BJP have equal participation in development of Bihar," actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha told reporters after addressing working committee meet here.

He, however, said BJP agreed with the demand for special category status to Bihar and congratulated Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for making it a people's issue.


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