Mr Kumar's stress on the importance of the special category status for Bihar's development comes after non-stop taunts from RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav who often accuses him of quietly forgetting the special category status demand that was a key campaign point in the 2015 elections.
Mr Yadav upped the ante earlier this year when Andhra Pradesh's Chandrababu Naidu pulled out of the national coalition because, according to him, PM Modi's government hadn't delivered on his promise for a special category status. It finally led Nitish Kumar to clarify that he hadn't given up the demand "for even one second" even if he wasn't seen to be making a noise about it.
Nitish Kumar's party Janata Dal United had last year walked out a grand alliance comprising Lalu Yadav's party RJD and the Congress, replacing them with the BJP which also leads the national coalition.
Encouraged by such assurances, JDU leaders had then spoken enthusiastically of a generous dose of funding from the central government. Maybe, even the special category status. But the centre is learnt to have made it clear that it wasn't going to serve a purpose.
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