Nitish Kumār (Hindi: नितीश कुमार) (born 1 March 1951, Bakhtiarpur, Bihar, India) is the Chief Minister o
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kuma's public advertisement on Sunday that his loyalty can be had by any political formation - so long as his demand for special status for Bihar was met - has been propitiously timed. With the DMK pulling out of the UPA government, pushing the already wobbly coalition to the brink of collapse, Nitish Kumar's offer of a lifeline in the event that it was needed has come as an enormous relief for the UPA. After meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Monday, Nitish Kumar said he had been told that the UPA government would set up a panel to consider Bihar's case for special status. What I've gathered after the meetings is that they will take it forward, which is a matter of great happiness, Nitish Kumar said in New Delhi. Media reports claim that the government would either form such a committee or allow the Finance Ministry to initiate the process, which would allow Bihar to secure loans and assistance from the Centre and provide tax waivers for industry willing to set up operations in Bihar. It is the clearest sign that the Congress is ready to meet Nitish Kumar's demand halfway - in order to wrest him from the NDA coalition, perhaps after the 2014 election, but even earlier if circumstances warrant them, particularly in the light of the DMK's pullout from the government.
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