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RJD calls Bihar shutdown on July 27 over caste census

A day after leading a protest march through the state capital, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday called for a Bihar bandh (shutdown) on July 27 to protest the withholding of caste-based census data by the central government.



Patna: A day after leading a protest march through the state capital, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday called for a Bihar bandh (shutdown) on July 27 to protest the withholding of caste-based census data by the central government.

Lalu Prasad said he would also stage a daylong fast on July 26 to put pressure on the Centre and threatened to call for an indefinite shutdown in the state if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government failed to make public the caste-based census data.

"I and my party will not sit silently; we have to mobilise people against the withholding of the caste-based census data by the Centre," the former Bihar chief minister told media here.

Lalu Prasad on Monday exhorted the people belonging to `Mandal` (the backward classes) to rise and uproot the `kamandal` (anti-backward classes BJP).

He said such a step was required because "the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government is anti-poor, anti-backward classes and anti-dDalits".

Lalu Prasad also appealed to all Dalits, other backward classes and Muslims to unite against Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s government.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal chief threatened to launch a bigger movement than the Mandal movement of the 1990s if the Modi government failed to make public the caste-based census data without further delay.

From Zee News

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