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Bihar: An upper caste cannot be CM of Bihar, says Giriraj Singh

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Patna: Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Friday said a person belonging to the upper caste cannot become Bihar chief minister after the upcoming assembly polls in the state.

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“An upper caste cannot become chief minister of Bihar,” said Giriraj Singh, who belongs to the upper caste Bhumihar community, which has a strong presence in state politics.

After visiting Muzaffarpur, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address a public rally on July 25 to formally kick off Bharatiya Janata Party’s poll campaigning, Giriraj Singh said the upper caste people were only eager for a developed Bihar.


“Lalu and Nitish should not worry about upper caste, they should play their caste politics to create divide and hatred in society,” Giriraj Singh said.

Last week, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his new ally Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad countered BJP chief Amit Shah for claiming that Modi was the country’s first OBC prime minister.

Both the leaders said H.D. Deve Gowda was India’s first prime minister from the Other Backward Classes (OBC).

BJP chief Shah, last week, said in New Delhi that it was his party that gave the maximum number of OBC chief ministers and the first prime minister in Modi.

According to political observers here, despite Modi’s call for an end to caste-based politics in Bihar, a deep-rooted tussle in the BJP between upper caste and other backward caste (OBC) leaders, ahead of assembly polls, has put BJP in a dilemma.


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As A Mark of Respect To Karunanidhi, Parliament Gets Adjourned

"In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death."

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Parliament Gets Adjourned As A sign Of Respect (Wikimedia Commons)

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day without transacting any business on Wednesday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi who died in Chennai on Tuesday.

The presiding officers of the two Houses made obituary references and paid homage to the 94-year-old political stalwart.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described him as a visionary and a true leader of the masses and said his death “is an irreparable loss to the country and marks the end of an era”.

The members stood in silence for a short while.

A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For Him. Flickr
A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For M. Karunanidhi, After His Passing On Tuedsay. Flickr

In the obituary reference, Mahajan said Karunanidhi, an astute administrator, in his “long and illustrious political career” showcased his “admirable leadership qualities and worked relentlessly for the cause of the people, particularly the marginalised and the downtrodden sections of the society.

“A multifaceted persona, Karunanidhi rose to become the most celebrated screenwriter in the Tamil film industry, using the cinematic medium to deliver his political ideas to the masses. The 1952 box office hit ‘Parasakthi’, in particular, was a turning point both in Tamil cinema and for Karunanidhi,” she said.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said Karunanidhi was actively engaged in social and public life.

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“In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death,” Naidu said.

The House observed two minutes of silence before adjourning for the day. (IANS)