Patna: Wife of Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav and a Congress MP from Supaul herself, Ranjit Ranjan, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday took Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to task for not pursuing special economic status for Bihar as he had promised in his election campaign.

"Since joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Nitish Kumar has all but given up on Bihar's demand for special status. If the Congress comes back in power, it will be our number one priority to see the Center accords this status to Bihar without any delay," she said.

Presenting usual arguments to make her case for special status, Ranjan said that Bihar was left with no natural resources after the creation of Jharkhand state in 2000 and with the annual curse of flood and drought that destroy crops, lives and properties to the tune of several crore rupees each year, it was futile to hope Bihar would somehow develop without the Center granting special status to it.

The Congress leader also raised doubts about transparency in the Chief Minister's so-called 'Seven Resolves' saying the government 'robbed the poor and backwards' and diverted this money to various projects to show he was serious about his commitments.

The wife of Pappu Yadav also slammed the Nitish government on law and order in Bihar saying crime in the state had never reached this high under any previous regime.

She also took shots at the Narendra Modi government at the Center saying it was against poor and women empowerment and had failed to do anything to improve their situation.

Others who were also present on the occasion included Premchand Mishra, Ashok Kumar, Amita Bhushan and Poonam Paswan.

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