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Nov 04, 2012 at 04:19pm IST

Adhikar rally: Nitish targets PM, sets March 2013 as date for protest in Delhi

Patna: The Nitish Kumar government on Sunday made a massive show of strength with its much-anticipated Adhikar rally at the Gandhi Maidan in Patna. The CM slammed the Centre for not honouring Bihar's repeated requests for the grant of special status.

The Sunday's rally was touted by opponents as a muscle-flexing exercise for the Janata Dal (United) leader ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Nitish also announced that he planned to organise a Adhikar rally in Delhi at the Ramlila Maidan in March 2013.

The Nitish government was slammed from all quarters after it was learnt that it spent approximately Rs 50 crore to organise the mega rally. Heavy security arrangements were in place. An additional 12,000 policemen were deployed. The opposition RJD accused the CM of breaking laws, and called the rally a political gimmick.