Bihar Special Status:Congress tells Nitish not to play play politics

New Delhi, Mar.17 (ANI): Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed on Sunday said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should avoid playing politics over the issue of getting Special Status for his state.

Rejecting Kumar's charge that Bihar was being discriminated against and ignored by the UPA Government,Ahmed said that UPA regime alone could not be blamed for the present state of affairs in Bihar, and reminded him that the Atal Behari Vajpayee-led NDA regime had also treated the state and its people shabbily.

Ahmed, who is a prominent Congress leader from Bihar and AICC in charge of West Bengal and Jharkhand, said that people still remember the attitude of Kumar and the NDA government and how they treated Bihar and Biharis at the time of division of Bihar.

"They treated Bihar very shabbily. They did not allow Government of India to give any special status or assistance to Bihar in spite of the fact that most wealth, whether above ground or below it, went to Jharkhand," a news agency quoted Ahmed,as saying.

Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla said:"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is doing justice with all states irrespective of which party is in power there."

"We are trying to do best to help Bihar. He has demanded something and the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister are already aware of it and the demand is always in consideration," he added.

He said that the government has got a provision within the Planning Commission and special funds have been given to the state under backwards regions grant fund (BRGF).

Shukla, at the same time, said that everybody including Nitish Kumar has a right to make a demand and organise a rally. (ANI+ inputs)