Special Status

  • UT status to Ladakh will dilute J~~amp;amp;K's special status: Mehbooba Mufti 16-04-2014 06:44 PM

    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...
  • Odisha doesn't have special disadvantage to get special status: Montek Singh Ahluwalia 05-03-2014 01:56 PM

    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...
  • BJP calls day-long economic blockade on Mar 7 to seek special status 04-03-2014 09:39 PM

    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,"...
  • Prakash Jha mulls film for special status for Bihar 04-03-2014 11:03 AM

    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. The...
  • Arun Jaitley backs special state status for Bihar 03-03-2014 12:04 PM

    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 02-03-2014 10:24 PM

    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...
  • CM Nitish Kumar enforces bandh in Bihar demanding special status 02-03-2014 11:33 AM

    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...
  • BJP's rail blockade hits train services 28-02-2014 09:37 PM

    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...
  • 'Inconvenience caused is deeply regretted': BJP advises Bihar to avoid trains tomorrow 27-02-2014 05:32 PM

    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...
  • CM urges people to protest peacefully against denial of special status to Bihar 24-02-2014 08:26 AM

    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...
  • Nitish calls for bandh to protest Centre's denial of special status to Bihar 21-02-2014 03:08 PM

    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....
  • Ahead of LS polls, Nitish again links special status to Bihar's development 16-02-2014 12:36 PM

    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...
  • Congress stopped the special category status to Bihar: Nitish Kumar 03-02-2014 07:00 PM

    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...
  • Centre cheating Bihar by ignoring special status demand, says Nitish Kumar 03-02-2014 07:44 AM

    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...
  • No objection to Article 370 if it helps J&K, says Rajnath Singh 18-01-2014 03:35 PM

    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...
  • UPA govt committed to development of Bihar, says Oscar Fernandes 07-01-2014 11:47 AM

    Expressing Congress's commitment foreconomic development of Bihar, Union Minister Oscar Fernandeson Tuesday said the UPA government allocated more funds to it incomparison to other states as it understood the state'saspirations.Fernandes also assured that the state's special statusdemand was under consideration of the central government. "The Congress-led UPA government is serious...
  • JDP calls bandh on October 25, wants a 'domicile policy' like other states 11-10-2013 08:51 AM

    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 26-09-2013 03:13 PM

    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...
  • BJP slams Nitish for begging UPA govt to grant special status 29-08-2013 07:21 PM

    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...
  • AJSU to launch programmes in demand of special status 28-08-2013 05:56 PM

    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...
  • After Bihar, Jharkhand to appeal for special status 23-08-2013 03:48 PM

    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...
  • Eagerly waiting for Bihar to get special status: Nitish Kumar 23-08-2013 03:42 PM

    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...
  • Nitish Kumar pitches for communal harmony in I-Day speech 15-08-2013 11:14 AM

    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 08-08-2013 10:42 PM

    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...
  • Do restrain yourself, LK Advani tells Omar Abdullah 28-06-2013 11:34 AM

    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 14-06-2013 01:10 AM

    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...
  • BJD's rally for special status to Odisha reaches Delhi today 12-06-2013 10:18 AM

    New Delhi: The Biju Janata Dal will on Wednesday push the Centre to grant a special category status to Odisha. The party is holding a 'Swabhiman Samabesh' at the Ramlila Maidan on Wednesday, which will be a culmination of the BJD's 'Swabhiman Yatra'. The campaign for a special status has...
  • Goa CM to meet PM today; demands special status for state 12-06-2013 09:52 AM

    New Delhi: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi on Wednesday. The Chief Minister is expected to demand a special status for Goa and push for a financial package for those affected by closure of mining activity in the state. An all-party will be...
  • Goa CM Manohar Parrikar may not meet Advani in Delhi 12-06-2013 05:52 AM

    Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will be in New Delhi Wednesday to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, but is unlikely to meet disgruntled BJP stalwart LK Advani, a BJP leader in Panaji said on Tuesday. BJP's Goa vice president Wilfred Mesquita said: "He (Parrikar) will be in New Delhi...
  • BJD accuses Centre of neglecting special status demand 11-06-2013 12:57 AM

    New Delhi: Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Monday accused the Centre of playing politics in fund allocations to states and neglecting Odisha's long pending demand for special category status. "Getting special category status is the genuine rights of the state. It is not a mercy, but the right...