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JD (U) will support any party that gives special status to Bihar: Nitish

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

As the UPA Government faces a crisis after the Trinamool Congress’ withdrawal, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the JD(U), a key NDA ally, will support any party at the Centre which will give Bihar special status.

Describing the political situation as ‘critical’ after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s party withdrew its support yesterday, Nitish, however, did not say if the JD (U) would come in for TMC.

“I will extend support to anyone in the formation of the next Government if it grants special status to Bihar,” the senior JD(U) leader said while addressing a public meeting.

He said the political situation at the Centre had turned unstable after the TMC pullout.

Kumar, however, did indicate that the UPA Government might not collapse after the TMC’s withdrawal, saying the Congress was adept at managing the numbers required to run the Government, but it would have to suffer ignominy in the next Parliamentary elections.

“Congress ke log jugad mein mahir hain....lekin jitna din yeh sarkar chalegi utni hi durdasha iski aagami Lok Sabha chunav mein honi wali hai,” (Congress is good at manipulating things...but the more the Government continues its problems will be compounded in the next Lok Sabha elections,” Kumar said.

He said Bihar, which has 40 Lok Sabha seats, will play a lead role in deciding who comes to power next.

Currently, the JD(U) has 22 Lok Sabha MPs and is a senior partner in the coalition government with the BJP in Bihar.

The next Government at the Centre will realise the might of the people of Bihar and will positively consider their rights and aspirations, he added.

Accusing the UPA Government of not taking seriously the special category status to Bihar, Nitish also taunted it, saying the UPA was relying on the support of the parties with a couple of seats to stay in power, a veiled reference to rival Lalu Prasad’s RJD.

(This article was published on September 19, 2012)
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