Terming Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Adhikar Rally as a government show, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday said the event was organised only to collect money from the common people.
Accusing Kumar of cheating the people, Paswan said: "Why didn't he demand special status for Bihar when the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) Government was in power at the Centre, and he was a minister in that government. Why didn't he pick up the issue during the five years of his first tenure as chief minister?"
He further said that while on the one hand Kumar was profoundly claiming that developmental works in Bihar are gathering speed and are being achieved faster than Gujarat, and says the economic growth rate of the state is 22 percent, then why was he still demanding special status for the region.
"It is all drama to collect money. It is the government's show, and there is no benefit of it. Wherever he is going, people are protesting by throwing shoes and eggs. He is terrorized by the people's anger," claimed Paswan.
Earlier today, Kumar reiterated the demand for giving special status to Bihar while addressing a Janata Dal (United)-sponsored Adhikar Rally at Patna's Gandhi Maidan.
Kumar blamed the UPA Government at the centre and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for constantly ignoring the genuine demands of the people of Bihar and said that he will not rest until Bihar gets it special status. (ANI)