In a bid to mount pressure on the Centre to accede to his demand for special status for Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar galvanised the JD(U) cadre and staged a protest at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan on Sunday.

Mr. Kumar called for the dawn-to-dusk shutdown and asked people to strike work to draw attention to the special status demand, a key poll plank of the party in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Launching his day-long satyagraha, Mr. Kumar said, “We have come here to stage a satyagraha. We resolve that we will rest only after Bihar gets the status. Bihar has right to development.”

He accused the Centre of disregarding Bihar’s long-standing demand and deciding to confer the status on Seemandhra, without a demand or eligibility.

“This means the Union government pays no attention to us. The issue is now linked to Bihar’s pride and self respect. No parameters were considered for Seemandhra. We cannot tolerate this discriminatory approach. As Chief Minister it was my duty to voice the sentiment of the people. We are not fighting for power; we are fighting for Bihar’s right.”