LJP leader Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan discussed the issue of granting special status to Bihar with Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah. In an interview to a news agency, Paswan said that Bihar is a backward state, it should get special status. He said,”As far as special status to Bihar is concerned, we have been demanding for it. Bihar is a backward state, so the status must be granted to it. The government must listen to our pleas.”
The Union Minister further said issues pertaining to the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act (SC/ST Act) and the ordinance regarding reservation in promotion were discussed.He also said,”The government has a filed review petition in court (on SC/ST Act). However, the court’s closed so we demanded ordinance for it. We have also demanded ordinance for reservation in promotion. He (Amit Shah) has promised to take decisions on the same.”
Bihar Chief Minister has also raised this issue recently while RJD is continuously raising this issue.As per Kumar, the state’s development had been hampered due to “lopsided policies, social and economic reasons”.