Nitish Kumar should push for special status for Bihar: Tejashwi Yadav

Notably, the JD (U), led by the chief minister of Bihar, secured 12 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, making it the BJP's second-largest ally in spite of the party's failure to secure a majority.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has stated that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ought to bring up before the Narendra Modi government at the Centre demands for special status for the state, a national caste census, and larger quotas for disadvantaged castes.

Speaking to reporters late at night after arriving back in Delhi, the former deputy chief minister of Bihar asserted that the government was taking a “decisive role” and that Prime Minister Modi, who has returned to office for a third term in a row, was at his “weakest”.

“In the current Lok Sabha, the opposition is strong and Bihar is playing a decisive role. PM Modi, who had for long been promising special status to the state, has of late stopped speaking about the same,” said Tejashwi Yadav.

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“Nitish ji should leverage his position and press demands like special status and a nationwide caste census. When we were sharing power, the quotas for SCs, STs and OBCs were raised. Putting the law in ninth schedule, so that it withstands judicial scrutiny, is also hanging fire,” he said.

Notably, the JD (U), led by the chief minister of Bihar, secured 12 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, making it the BJP’s second-largest ally in spite of the party’s failure to secure a majority.

The leader of the RJD also stated that the distribution of ministries within the new Union council of ministers implied that Biharis had been treated unfairly.

Additionally, he ridiculed the last charge sheet submitted by the ED in the land-for-jobs scheme, stating, “There have been numerous charge sheets against us in the same case.” Let the authorities remember that things have changed throughout the years. Parliament will be overthrown if agencies do not change their methods.” Tejashwi Yadav was questioned regarding his own party’s electoral performance as well, since it received the highest percentage of votes but only four seats.

“Just look at our performance in the last Lok Sabha polls, after which we emerged as the single largest party in the state assembly. Our tally in Lok Sabha has improved four times. The same will get reflected in assembly polls,” the RJD leader claimed.

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