Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday flayed the Centre for dilly dallying in granting ‘special state’ status to Bihar. Accusing the government of not maintaining a genuine intention on the special status issue, he said if desired, the Centre can grant special status to Bihar any day it wants.

Nitish, while speaking to media persons after addressing ‘Janata Darbaar’ on Monday, said, “Nothing can stop Bihar from getting the special status, as it fulfills most of the criteria and is a fit case for special category. We have constricted tax base, 28 districts in the state are flood prone and the state shares an international border.”

Speaking about the population in Bihar, he said, “The state’s population is at its peak and we are even unable to reap the benefits of liberalisation. So this is not only my demand, but also the state’s demand.”

He insisted that Bihar has submitted all the necessary documents needed to give the state a special status. So this leaves the Centre with no scope to deny the special status, he added.

Meanwhile, advocating veteran social activist Anna Hazare work, Nitish said, “According to me no one can question his devotion and honesty. And if anyone does, Anna won’t be affected by this.”

(JPN/ Bureau)