Bihar Ka Haq
Speech of Sri Nitish Kumar in Bihar Adhikar Rally, Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi on 17th March 2013
Speech of Sri Nitish Kumar in Bihar Adhikar Rally, Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi on 17th March 2013, Part II
Bihar Ka Haq
बिहार का हक
Bihar Adhikar Rally for Special Category status to Bihar 17th March. 2013 in Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi
JD (U) launches a special campaign on social media
Ahead of the rally in Delhi on March 17, Bihar Ka Haq campaign rolls out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
Patna, February 27, 2013: In an attempt to grant Special Category status to Bihar the State Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar has declared a rally on March 17, 2013 at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. To unite people on this cause, the Janta Dal United (JD U) has taken first-of-its-kind political initiatives of using social media platforms. The campaign called Bihar Ka Haq on Facebook has drawn world-wide attention and is gaining momentum. Bihar Ka Haq also has accounts on Twitter and YouTube besides an online petition.
“Today the social media has become extremely critical and we at JD U understand the significance of using this medium for widening our appeal,” said party leader Sanjay Jha, who designed the programme. He added, “We are happy to see the warm response and going ahead we shall build the momentum to mobilize support of people across the globe using this medium.”
Bihar Ka Haq is a social media platform created with an attempt to unite all those who want progress and prosperity in Bihar and to build an opportunity for the people to interact and communicate directly with policy makers. The YouTube page can be accessed by just typing Bihar Ka Haq on YouTube.
Ever since Bihar Chief Minister Shri Kumar presumed office in 2005, he has constantly asked the Union Government of India to grant special status to Bihar given its history of neglect and poor socio-economic indicators. Shri Kumar feels this is peoples’ right and the state must be given this status which shall supplement his efforts to address the development deprivation of the state.
Shri Kumar held a mega rally in November 4 at Patna in support of this and there is a felt need to continue building this momentum using various media vehicles including social media. Since social media has emerged as a powerful platform among masses at large and particularly youth, it has helped in facilitating open communication primarily enhancing information discovery and delivery. Keeping this into view an official site of JD (U) has been created to enable leaders to personally be in touch with the people of Bihar and Bihari diaspora.
According to an a 2005 Report of an Inter Ministry Task Group (IMTG) constituted by Planning Commission, Bihar not only had the highest number, but also the highest proportion of backward districts compared with any other state. As many as 36 out of 38 districts in Bihar were backward as per the rankings of IMTG.
“There is a clear need for a special status and we are disappointed the Central government has continued to neglect our demand. This campaign is to get our rightful due,” said Jha, adding, “I request all Biharis and friends and sympathizers of Bihar to join in this call.”