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Salute Naidu's courage, time for Nitish to speak up on spl status: RJD

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

The opposition RJD in today challenged Kumar to take a cue from his counterpart Chandrababu Naidu and "speak up" on the issue of special status for the state.

Accusing Kumar of remaining silent on issues such as vandalism of statues and alleged insult to women leaders like Mayawati and Renuka Chowdhury, the opposition party has warned the government of launching an agitation, if the failed to raise his voice on the issue of special status.

"We salute Chandrababu Naidu for showing the courage to stick to the stand he took on the issue of special status for The effect of creation of Telangana out of is similar to the impact carving out of had on But there appears to be a big difference between the chief ministers of the two states", RJD told reporters here.

Notably, in the past, Kumar, too, had been demanding a special status for and even made it his poll plank in the state elections.

Jha, who blamed the of not being consistent between his words and deeds, said he is living in the "mortal fear of and BJP Amit Shah".

"Ever since Kumar betrayed the mandate of 2015 Assembly polls, ditched the RJD-combine and joined the NDA, he has been living in mortal fear of and BJP Amit Shah", Jha alleged.

Not ready to accept the chief minister's silence on the vital issue of "special status", Jha has warned the government of his party taking to the streets for the demand of special status.

"He has kept mum on vandalisation of statues of Periyar and He claims to support women's empowerment, but when disparaging remarks were made against BSP supremo Mayawati some time ago and member recently, he did not utter a word in condemnation.

We moved an adjournment motion in the Assembly on the issue today and we request the chief minister to raise his voice on this vital matter. If he fails to do so, the RJD will hit the streets," he said.

When asked a question on the decline of their alliance partner on the national scene, Jha said it is a false assumption and argued that the has been faring well than the BJP in all the by-elections.

"Congress had emerged as the single largest party in It had the same status in and where the BJP formed the government through underhand tactics," he added.

On the other hand, he questioned the BJP's position and said that the (TDP) was not the only alliance partner unhappy with their "arrogance".

He further said that a massive coalition of parties would fights against the BJP in the next elections.

"The revolt of Naidu, who is also the TDP chief, is not an isolated event. NDA allies like the and the Akali Dal have shown their discomfiture with the BJP's arrogance. So have people like who recently quit the NDA and joined the Congress-RJD combine.

By the time the next polls are announced, a massive coalition of parties across the country, which are opposed to the BJP, would take shape", he claimed.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 17:45 IST