Patna: Janata Dal – U spokesperson Ajay Alok, a day after Congress leader in Bihar Shakti Singh Gohil came out in support of special economic status for Bihar, hit back at the Congress party saying once out of power, everyone talks about giving special status to Bihar but the same leaders develop amnesia on the issue when they come to occupy power in New Delhi.
"Gohil's words do not mean a thing as it was the Congress that was in power between 2004 and 2014. Bihar had been demanding special status during this entire period but Congress remained silent and did nothing to meet the demand of the state. Now that it is out of power and is struggling to find its way back to Delhi, its leaders are shedding crocodile tears over giving special status to Bihar," Alok said.
As reported yesterday, Gohil, Congress in-charge of Bihar affairs, at a press conference at Sadaqat Ashram in Patna on Thursday had said that if his party came into power in the next Lok Sabha elections, it would seriously consider giving special status to Bihar.
His statement was widely mocked by both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal – U leaders who said that even now when the Congress is out of power, Singh was stopping short of making a firm commitment on special status.
Alok's statement is also being seen as a shot at the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Center that also continues to ignore Bihar's demand for special status on one pretext after another.
"It's rather strange that those who are out of power always favor special status for Bihar but the moment they are elected, they forget their own promises," the JD-U spokesperson said.