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Nitish wants to give Bihar a special category status

Sunday’s 26th Eastern Zonal Council meeting, presided over by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the state capital, saw Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar seek special category status (SCS) for the state.

Hemant Soren, the chief minister of Jharkhand, Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal, and Naveen Patnaik of Odisha did not attend the meeting. However, Nitish and Shah had a history of political animosity dating back to August of last year, when the leader of JD (U) severed connections with the BJP in order to create a new government with the grand coalition.

Following the recent publication of data from the economic census and caste studies, there has been a renewed push for special category status. The state cabinet issued a resolution last month calling for the state to be granted special category status. He says that such plans would take five years to finish, but if the state government was given special status, it could finish them much faster.

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