The BJP on Thursday appealed to the commuters to avoid travelling by trains on Friday in view of the party’s ‘rail roko’ stir to demand special status for Bihar.

Regretting that the agitation may cause inconvenience to the public, party leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi urged the people of state against travelling by trains on Friday.

“Those commuters, having booked tickets in trains for on Friday, are requested to consider cancelling the same to avoid facing difficulties due to the ‘rail roko’ stir, he said.

Mr. Modi also asked the railway authorities to stop all trains entering Bihar tomorrow to the border areas as a precautionary measure.

The senior BJP leader also slammed the UPA government for ignoring Bihar’s long pending demand for grant of special status, echoing Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, as the latter took no time in giving similar incentive to Seemandhra after creation of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh last week,

Mr. Sushil Modi promised the BJP-led NDA under the leadership of Narendra Modi will provide special status and package to Bihar upon coming to power at the Centre.

If elected, the NDA government at Centre will also set up the Central University of Bihar at Motihari about which the UPA government had taken a decision, but failed to enact legislation during the 15th Lok Sabha, he said.