Nawada: The Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday reiterated his demand for grant of special status to Bihar to boost development activities in the state.

Addressing a public meeting at the Harishchandra Stadium in Bihar's Nawada district during 'Adhikar Yatra', he said that the special status was required to bring about industrial development in the state for generation of employment opportunities.

The youths will not have to migrate to other states if there were employment opportunities available for them in their own state and it will be possible only if the Centre grants special status to Bihar to tap private investment for industrial development, Kumar said.

Referring to development requirements of Nawada district, he noted that the district has been hit by drought over the years and in order to mitigate the woes of the farmers the state government has proposed to inter-link Nasa and Sakri rivers to irrigate farmland.

Referring to protests during his 'Adhikar yatra' in the districts, the Chief Minister yet again accused his political rivals for creating disturbances during his public meetings.

Some people sitting in Patna have been deliberately creating trouble during the 'Adhikar yatra,' Kumar said, without taking names of an individual or political party.

Meanwhile, the public meeting was yet again marred by chaos as some people broke chairs and threw it on the ground even as they had heated exchange of words with the policemen who had a tough time in controlling the crowd.

Some people also tried to break the barricades at the public meeting but were prevented from doing so by the alert policemen.

Elaborate security arrangements were made in the district, particularly around the district collectorate, and vehicles were stopped at about six kms away from the venue of the public meeting, official sources said.

Policemen were deployed in large numbers at various points in the town and the participants at the public meeting were thoroughly frisked before being made to pass through metal detectors on way to being allowed inside the stadium, the sources said.

The Chief Minister later left for Gaya district to address another public meeting scheduled for the day, they added.


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