report is still something akin to it (special category status)," a visibly upbeat Bihar CM said, adding, it would help in more devolution of Central funds, tax exemptions and lowering of the state's share in Central assistance.
"The report is a victory of JD(U) principles... I will not rest on laurels but continue to work hard so that the issue reaches logical conclusion," he claimed and greeted nine other states featuring among the least developed states saying they too would derive benefits.
"Bihar launched the struggle which has benefited nine other states also," he said.
Asked if it meant forging a regional front with those states on it, Nitish Kumar said, "We launched a struggle for special category status for Bihar... And it is good it helped other states also."
Talking about the Opposition's criticism of the panel report, Kumar said it would look for some 'negativity' to hit out at him.
"But, I am not bothered about it as I am committed to the welfare of the masses who has given me the responsibility as the CM," Nitish Kumar said.
Referring to the criticism of the report by his former deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, Nitish Kumar said, "Had he been with me, he would have been the first person to jump in joy over the report... But since he is now under the influence of some ideology of their great leader (Narendra Modi) what positive can be expected from him ?"
Referring to RJD president Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar said he had first claimed that the special category status demand was actually mooted by him and his party and later said it would not yield any help to Bihar.
"These people (Opposition leaders) are gripped with negativism.. I am not bothered about their comments," he said.
Attributing this success to the hard work of JD(U) workers, he referred to the Adhikar rally held here last year and in Delhi this March and said, "These demonstrations compelled the Centre to address our genuine demand... This is because of the hard work of our workers."
Meanwhile, the Congress here claimed the