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Centre bound to listen to Bihar demand: Nitish

Says presented strong arguments to support special status recognition

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,who has stepped up momentum on special category status demand for Bihar after Adhikar rally in Delhi,said on Tuesday that the Centre was “bound to concede to its demand,supported by strong arguments”.

He also kept his deft political move of forging an “economic alliance” with states like Orissa and West Bengal alive,saying that the Centre revisiting the criteria of backwardness would benefit poor states and help them join the race of development.

Reacting to media reports on the Centre taking a step forward towards revisiting definition of backwardness,Nitish said: “We have presented very strong arguments in our favour. The Centre is bound to listen to our demands. The UPA government has hinted at revisiting definition of backwardness of a state in its economic survey and budget speech.” Nitish also expressed solidarity with other backward states,saying they,too,should get their “due”. “Time has come to implement what UPA has already hinted. Bihar and other backward states would immensely gain from the Central government revisiting backwardness definition,” he said,parrying questions of chances of new political alliances in near future.

The JD(U),however,remained non-committal on “siding with UPA in pre-poll situation” as political equations are changing fast. Top JD(U) sources said the party would “adopt wait and watch policy” till the last moment and was not in a hurry to commit any “political hara-kiri”.