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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav, on Sunday announced that his party would compel the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government to make public the caste-based census data.

The former Bihar chief minister said that people of the country have right to know the details of caste-based census and the Narendra Modi-led government should make the data public soon.

“Centre should make the caste census public instead of withholding the data on numerical strength of different castes,” Lalu Prasad said while addressing his party workers here to celebrate 19th anniversary of the RJD.

He warned the Modi government that RJD would not remain silent if the central government delayed making public the data on numerical strength of the poorest of the poor, marginalized and downtrodden sections of the society.

“Prime Minister Modi should explain to people as to why the caste data was withheld,” he said.

Lalu Prasad said RJD and its allies the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Congress and National Congress Party (NCP) would raise this issue in the upcoming Bihar assembly polls.

“People have right to know it and every caste should know its strength and weakness in terms of population and other things,” he said.

Declaring that he along with the party workers would take out a march in Patna on July 13, Lalu Prasad urged the party leaders and workers to join the march in large numbers and express their opposition to withholding of the caste census. (IANS)

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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

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He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)