Special Status

  • Jitan Ram Manjhi to remind Narendra Modi of promises made for Bihar June 14, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has directed officials to prepare a charter of demands for the state which he would hand over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi reminding of the pre-poll promises he had made. "After the charter of demands is prepared I will seek time from Prime Minister Narendra...
  • Article 370 must for J&K, dangerous to revoke it, says Jitan Ram Manjhi May 30, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday warned the Narendra Modi-led central government against repealing Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. "The Bharatiya Janata Party government should not touch Article 370 as it will create more trouble," Manjhi told reporters in Gaya district during an official...
  • Planning Commission working on special status for Seemandhra: Jaitley June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of the division of the state of Andhra Pradesh on June 2, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that he will honour all commitments to Seemandhra and Telangana. Jaitley said, "We will honour all commitments to Seemandhara and Telangana. The Planning Commission is working on special...
  • UT status to Ladakh will dilute J~~amp;amp;K's special status: Mehbooba Mufti April 16, 2014

    Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday hit out at Congress for including the demand for a Union Territory status to Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, saying such a move will not only divide the state but dilute its special status as well. "Such a move will not only divide Jammu...
  • Odisha doesn't have special disadvantage to get special status: Montek Singh Ahluwalia March 5, 2014

    Odisha does not have any "special disadvantage" to get special category status and it should focus on "other windows" to get more assistances from the Centre, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said. "Special category status is accorded to a state under very special circumstances and Odisha doesn t...
  • BJP calls day-long economic blockade on Mar 7 to seek special status March 4, 2014

    The BJP has called a day-long state-wide economic blockade on Friday to press for the demand of special status to Jharkhand. "We will prevent the transportation of minerals from the state during the blockade, when all commercial vehicles as well as goods trains would be brought to a grinding halt," BJP...
  • Prakash Jha mulls film for special status for Bihar March 4, 2014

    Patna: Noted filmmaker Prakash Jha is strongly considering to raise the demand for special category status for Bihar through one of his upcoming films. "A documentary can be made on the theme or the subject could be integrated in the script of some other movie," Jha told PTI today. ...
  • Arun Jaitley backs special state status for Bihar March 3, 2014

    Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley has come out in support of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the demand of special state status to Bihar. In his latest blog, Jaitley has slammed the Congress, saying, "The Congress in the last two years has held an olive branch to the JD(U) that...
  • Nitish holds 'Satyagraha', calls special status a prestige issue March 2, 2014

    Seeking to make political capital out of the special status demand for Bihar ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday held a five-hour-long 'Satyagraha' and urged the people to fight to their last as it was an issue of dignity and prestige. "We have been discriminated by...
  • CM Nitish Kumar enforces bandh in Bihar demanding special status March 2, 2014

    Patna: Demanding special status to Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has given a state-wide bandh call on Sunday. He has slammed the Centre for granting special status to Seemandhra while ignoring Bihar. The CM will be holding a day-long dharna demanding special status to the state. He will set out on...
  • BJP's rail blockade hits train services February 28, 2014

    Hundreds of passengers were on Friday stranded at many railway stations across Bihar as BJP workers forcibly stopped trains over the denial of special category status to the state by the union government, officials said. More than 300 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers, including state party president Mangal Pandey, Leader of...
  • 'Inconvenience caused is deeply regretted': BJP advises Bihar to avoid trains tomorrow February 27, 2014

    The BJP on Thursday appealed to the commuters to avoid travelling by trains on Friday in view of the party's 'rail roko' stir to demand special status for Bihar. Regretting that the agitation may cause inconvenience to the public, party leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi urged the...
  • CM urges people to protest peacefully against denial of special status to Bihar February 24, 2014

    Taking a leaf out of Mahatma Gandhi's book, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday urged people to go for civil disobedience to make March 2 'Bihar bandh' a success on the issue of denial of special category status to Bihar. "Gandhiji had launched civil disobedience movement to seek freedom for...
  • Nitish calls for bandh to protest Centre's denial of special status to Bihar February 21, 2014

    Attacking the Congress-led UPA government for granting special category status to Seemandhra and ignoring a similar demand of Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday gave a Bihar bandh call on March 1. "This is betrayal with Bihar and other backward states," Kumar told reporters outside state Assembly in Patna. An...
  • Ahead of LS polls, Nitish again links special status to Bihar's development February 16, 2014

    With the Lok Sabha polls round the corner, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has once again linked the grant of special status to development in the hope of the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) sweeping the state's 40 seats in parliament's lower house. "Give us your support and votes to elect our...
  • Congress stopped the special category status to Bihar: Nitish Kumar February 3, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the Congress party prevented his state being accorded special category status following pressure from its alliance partners. "Congress stopped the special category status to Bihar at the last moment," Nitish Kumar told media persons here. He said the Congress was behind the game to...
  • Centre cheating Bihar by ignoring special status demand, says Nitish Kumar February 3, 2014

    Stepping up his attack on UPA government ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday accused the Centre of cheating Bihar and its people by putting the demand of special status in cold storage. "We have been cheated by the Centre as it put the process for grant...
  • No objection to Article 370 if it helps J&K, says Rajnath Singh January 18, 2014

    Reflecting a change in stance, BJP President Rajnath Singh on Saturday said his party has no objection to Article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir if it helps in the development of the state. "J&K is a very serious, very sensitive region for us... If J&K develops because...
  • UPA govt committed to development of Bihar, says Oscar Fernandes January 7, 2014

    Expressing Congress's commitment for economic development of Bihar, Union Minister Oscar Fernandes on Tuesday said the UPA government allocated more funds to it in comparison to other states as it understood the state's aspirations. Fernandes also assured that the state's special status demand was under consideration of the central government. "The Congress-led UPA government is serious to...
  • Modi's Article 370 remark: Is it time to end special status for J&K? December 2, 2013

    The BJP was in a damage control mode over its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's remarks on Article 370 which sparked off an acrimonious political debate. While the BJP claimed that Modi's comments on Article 370 have been misinterpreted, Jammu and Kashmir parties and Congress lashed out at him. ...
  • JDP calls bandh on October 25, wants a 'domicile policy' like other states October 11, 2013

    Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) called for a day-long state bandh on October 25 to press for its demands for having a domicile policy. In a statement issued in Jamshedpur on Thursday, JDP chief Salkhan Murmu said the incumbent coalition government in the state have also included the issue in its...
  • Congress dangles special status carrot before Bihar CM September 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Congress continues to dangle the special state status before Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar. A government panel lists Odisha and Bihar as the least developed states while Gujarat is ranked 12th most developed state despite its Chief Minister Narendra Modi's claims. In a move...
  • BJP slams Nitish for begging UPA govt to grant special status August 29, 2013

    Observing that the special status will not be a panacea of all ills gripping Bihar, the BJP on Thursday slammed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for begging to the UPA government to grant special status for mutual political benefits in the next general elections. "The Chief Minister is compromising pride of Bihar...
  • AJSU to launch programmes in demand of special status August 28, 2013

    Peeved at the Centre for not considering Jharkhand to accord special status along with Bihar, AJSU Party on Wednesday announced a series of programmes to drum up public support demanding a special economic package for the state. "Jharkhand meets all the eight yardsticks under Gadgil Formula for being considered for the...
  • After Bihar, Jharkhand to appeal for special status August 23, 2013

    Jharkhand on Friday expressed disappointment with union Planning Minister Rajeev Shukla's statement in the Rajya Sabha a day ago that there was no move to grant special status to the state. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said: "We appeal to the central government to reconsider the parameters for granting a state...
  • Eagerly waiting for Bihar to get special status: Nitish Kumar August 23, 2013

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said he was eagerly awaiting the central government to accord special category status to the state. A day after Planning Minister Rajeev Shukla told the Rajya Sabha that Bihar's request for special status was under consideration, Nitish Kumar said there was nothing new in...
  • Nitish Kumar pitches for communal harmony in I-Day speech August 15, 2013

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday asked people to maintain communal harmony as he hoisted the national flag amid tight security in Patna. "I appeal to people to maintain communal harmony as it is a must for development and peace," he said at an official function to mark India's Independence...
  • CM Nitish Kumar demands special status for Bihar August 8, 2013

    Demanding special category status for Bihar to fast track its economic development, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday pinned hope on the high-level sub-committee formed by Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram which will meet on August 10 next to finalise the new criteria for backwardness of the states. The term of...
  • Do restrain yourself, LK Advani tells Omar Abdullah June 28, 2013

    New Delhi: A day after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah criticised the BJP leadership for raising 'the false bogey of revocation' of Article 370 that provides special status to the state, senior BJP leader LK Advani has hit back through his blog. In a post, titled 'Omar, Do...
  • Prez will go through demand for special status: Naveen June 14, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who had submitted a memorandum to Pranab Mukherjee demanding special category status for Odisha, on Thursday said the President would go through it and take action accordingly. "The President said he will go through the memorandum and give it to the Government of India," Patnaik...