Nitish meets Chidambaram, Montek
New Delhi, Mar 18 : A day after addressing a massive rally of the Janata Dal (United) in New Delhi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday met Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia in the national capital.
Kumar reportedly discussed the issue of giving special status to his state while meeting Chidambaram and Ahluwalia.
He is likely to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later in the day.
The Bihar Chief Minister on Sunday said anyone who would take care of backward states like Bihar would rule from New Delhi after the 2014 general elections.
"Either give special status now. Or after 2014 you will anyway have to give us special status," he thundered at a rally of JD(U), sending a signal to the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) as well as to the coalition to which he belongs- the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the BJP which has been projecting Kumar's bete noir Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate.
"Only those will be allowed to rule Delhi who take care of backward areas. Bihar will be a model state for the world," said Kumar in the mega rally called to boost to his demand for conferring special status to Bihar in the national capital.
Kumar said Bihar was once looked down upon, but it now made rapid progress and everyone is all praise of Bihar and Biharis.