New Delhi: The demand for ‘special status’ to Bihar witnessed hot exchange of words in the Parliament. Eventually, by the end of the session only a handful of MPs from the state were present in the House to discuss the matter.

The irony remained that due to the mutual allegations within JDU-BJP and RJD members, the pressure on the Central Government turned weak. The demand for special status to Bihar was raised by BJP MP Bhola Singh when he presented his bill on special status to Bihar in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

The special status, Singh said, would help accelerate the pace of development in Bihar, overcome its backwardness and regain past glory.

Mangni Lal Mandal, Arjun Ray, Sushil Kumar Singh, Shahnawaz Hussain and some other MPs along with Satpal Maharaj from Uttarakhand and MPs from Orissa also expressed support.

The House witnessed noisy scenes when former Union Minister and RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh accused the previous NDA government at the Centre of not paying any heed to the demand for a special status to the state. Raising questions on NDA’s sincerity, he said, “The enormity can be gauged by looking at their attendance in the House.”

The House which has at least 40 MPs from the state has never witnessed more than a dozen MPs during the session of the Parliament.

(JPN/ Bureau)