Delhi 'Adhikar Rally' to press Centre to give Bihar Special Status: JD-U leader

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 11:40 hrs

The Delhi unit of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) is leaving no stone unturned to ensure a large turnout for the Adhikar Rally to be addressed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday.

According to the unit's General Secretary, Prabhat Ranjan, the event will be held in Delhi's Ram Lila Ground and all arrangements for it are almost complete. He added that it is being held to further press the Central Government to grant Special Status to the state of Bihar.

Ranjan revealed that buses have been booked in the Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) to bring people from all walks of life who hail from Bihar to the venue on Sunday.

"In this rally, Janata Dal-United President Sharad Yadav, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Members of Parliament N.K. Singh, R.C.P. Singh, Sabir Ali, Monajir Hassan, Janata Dal-United Ministers and Members of Legislative Assemblies, will attend," said Ranjan.

He added that the president of the Delhi unit, Thakur Balbir Singh and other office bearers are taking all steps to ensure the rally's success.

Balbir Singh said that giving Special Status to Bihar is in the nation's interest.

Ranjan said: " Bihar deserves Special Status given the state's remarkable progress on the development front during the eight-year-rule of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar," and added that once this status was accorded, "further progress of the state and its people is assured".

He further said that it is a matter of pride that Finance Minister P. Chidambaram had made the announcement of granting Special Status to Bihar in Parliament, while at the same time praising the achievements of the Nitish Kumar Government in various sectors, but added that making an announcement is not enough, as the Centre would also have to provide full support and assistance to various departments and sectors of the state to ensure that it returns to its past glory.

Rajya Sabha member R C P Singh is reported to have told party workers to keep away from the hoarding culture and instead distribute pamphlets in Urdu and Hindi among Biharis.

Singh, a former bureaucrat, had earlier this week said that the Adhikar Rally is the first ever rally by any political party on the development issue in New Delhi.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has directed all party lawmakers and legislators to participate in the rally's preparations. Several ministers are also holding small meetings in different localities of the national capital.

Nitish will reach Delhi on Saturday (March 16).

The social media network such as Facebook and Twitter are also being made use of to ensure full participation. The party has started a campaign "Bihar Ka Haq" or Bihar's right on Facebook to popularize the rally.

"The campaign's account has been opened also on Twitter and YouTube," said JD (U leader) Sanjay Jha who has designed the page on social media networks.

He said the social media has become extremely important and the party understands the significance of using this medium for widening its audience. (ANI)

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