Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad along with his partymen marches to Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi's residence demanding Centre to publish Caste Census, in Patna on Monday. PTI Photo  (PTI7_13_2015_000110B)
Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad along with his partymen marches to Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi's residence demanding Centre to publish Caste Census, in Patna on Monday. PTI Photo (PTI7_13_2015_000110B)

Says PM is rather an enemy of backward castes and challenges him to publish the caste census

Patna : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Monday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an “enemy of backward castes” for holding back the caste census figures and challenged him to publish it.

“Modi claims to be from backward caste, but he is actually an enemy of the backward castes. I challenge him to publish the caste data if he really hails from backward community,” Prasad said while taking out a procession to the Raj Bhawan demanding publishing  of the caste census. What is the intention of the Central government in holding it back, the RJD chief asked stating that socio-economic caste census was conducted on “our demands” and at the initiative of the previous UPA government.

“The socio-economic part of the data was released showing the poor condition of our countrymen, but the caste part has been held back. The people has a right to know about the numbers and condition of castes and we demand its immediate release,” he added. Hitting out at BJP for breaking all the promises made during the last general elections, he accused the saffron party of “wanting to spark riots in Bihar to capture power in the coming Assembly polls.” “We will give them a befitting reply. We will use ‘Mandal’ to break ‘Kamandal’ with votes,” he said. In his speech, Prasad’s eldest son Tej Pratap said hardly five or six states have chief ministers hailing from backward castes, while none of the states have a chief minister from the Scheduled Caste or tribals. Later, an RJD delegation submitted a memorandum to Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi demanding release of caste census figures within 10 days failing which the party will intensify its agitation. Prasad was speaking after his march, which was stopped by the administration before the Raj Bhawan.

“The caste census figures will help formulate policies for those castes that are lagging behind in development. Once we get these data, we will demand a separate budget for education, employment and other developmental activities of these castes,” he said.

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No rift with Lalu: Nitish

Patna:  Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday dismissed speculation on differences cropping up between him and Lalu Prasad following the Legislative Council polls result and over his decision to not attend the ‘Iftar’ party being hosted by the RJD supremo on Monday night.

Kumar said he will not be able to attend Prasad’s ‘Iftar’ party as he has to fly to New Delhi this afternoon for a host of engagements, including taking part in tonight’s ‘Iftar’ party being hosted by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.  “Sonia Gandhi’s invite for ‘Iftar’ party had come first and I had made plans accordingly. I cannot be at two places simultaneously. I am going to Delhi to attend her ‘Iftar’ party for which the RJD supremo has consented and asked me to go to the function in the national capital,” Kumar told reporters.

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