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Patna: A day after the BJP and its allies slammed RJD chief Lalu Prasad for saying the upcoming assembly polls would be a “backward versus forward fight”, he vowed not to be silenced in his fight for the Dalits and OBCs’ cause.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “free to award ‘Bharat Ratna’ to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for demanding to end reservation for Dalits and OBCs, but I will not hold back”, Lalu Prasad, the former Bihar chief minister, told media here in his reaction to the hue and cry raised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders over his remark.

“I will continue to fight for the backwards, Dalits and poor. Even if they hang me for it, I am ready, I will not sit silent… I will fight for the poor till reservation for them will not increase,” he added.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief also reiterated his demand for making the caste census data public.

Lalu in his first election rally in Raghopur, tried to convey that BJP was anti-poor, anti-Dalit and anti-backward classes and it was actually a pro-forward upper caste party.

The former Bihar chief minister also gave a call to the Dalits and the backward classes including the Other Backward Classes and Economically Backward Classes, to unite for defeating the NDA alliance, which he said, intended to end reservations.

“All Dalits and backward classes should unite and vote for the grand alliance of RJD, JD-U and Congress to defeat the BJP-led NDA,” he said while reiterating that the Bihar assembly polls were a reflection of “mandal versus kamandal” (backward classes versus Hindutva).

(IANS)

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

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“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS