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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad led thousands of his party workers here on Monday to protest withholding of the caste-based census data and demanded it be made public.

Lalu along with his two sons Tej Pratap and Tejasvi Yadav sat in an open jeep and led to Raj Bhawan to protest against withholding the data. Lalu Prasad also described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as anti-backward.

“This march is just a beginning. We would protest (right) to the parliament because Modi is not eager to make the data public soon.

“RJD would compel the BJP-led central government to make public the caste-based Census data soon. We would launch a bigger movement than the Mandal movement of the 90s if Modi would conspire to delay to make the data public,” Lalu told party workers and leaders minutes before he hit the roads here.

The former Bihar chief minister said people of the country have a right to know the details of caste-based Census.

“Centre should make the caste census public instead of withholding the data on numerical strength of different castes.”

Lalu said people, particularly the poorest of the poor, marginalised and downtrodden sections of the society, have right to know it and every caste should know its strength and weakness in terms of population and other aspects, he said.

He said RJD’s allies – the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Congress and National Congress Party (NCP) – have extended moral support to it on the issue.

Lalu has also hinted that the issue could be one of the main planks of the alliance of RJD, JD-U, Congress and the NCP in the upcoming Bihar assembly polls.

(IANS)

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Lalu’s 4th Fodder Scam Case: Court to Deliver Judgment on March 15

Judgment to the multi-million scam awaits!

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Besides Lalu Prasad, another former Chief Minister, Jagganth Mishra, and 30 others are also accused in this case. Wikimedia Commons

The hearing in a fourth multi-million rupee fodder scam involving former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD Chief Lalu Yadav concluded in Ranchi on Monday in a special CBI court, which fixed March 15 as the date for delivering its judgment.

The case relates to fraudulent withdrawals Rs 13.13 crore from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury.

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Lalu Prasad was convicted in the first case in 2013 and was awarded five years imprisonment. Wikimedia Commons

He was convicted by a special CBI court in the second case on December 23, 2017, and awarded three-and-a-half-years imprisonment on January 6. He was convicted in a third case on January 24 related to fraudulent withdrawals from Chaibasa treasury and was awarded a five-year term.

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He now faces another two cases — one in Ranchi and one in Patna.

The multi-million rupee fodder scam had surfaced in the 1990s when Lalu Yadav was the Chief Minister of undivided Bihar. The probe was handed over to CBI on the directive of the Patna High Court.

The bulk of the cases were transferred to Ranchi after Jharkhand was carved out from Bihar in 2000. (IANS)

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