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Special status for Bihar: CM Nitish Kumar to hold rally in Delhi today

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Mar 17, 2013 at 10:24am IST

New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will make his first foray into national politics in the run up to the next General Elections in a massive show of strength in the capital on Sunday. Kumar will address a rally in Delhi's Ramlila Maidan seeking special status for Bihar.

The Janata Dal (United) has for long sought special status for the state, especially in the aftermath of its division, with most of the natural resources ending up in Jharkhand.

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The rally comes a fortnight after the central government proposed to change the parameters of determining backwardness of states, an announcement that was immediately welcomed by the Bihar Chief Minister. This also fuelled speculations of the JD(U) coming closer to the Congress at a time when Narendra Modi's stocks appear to be rising within the BJP.

Nitish Kumar is opposed to Narendra Modi leading the NDA campaign for the 2014 elections. In fact, Modi's youth rally, that was supposed to have taken place on Sunday, was cancelled only a few days back, with reports of oppositioon from the JD(U).

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