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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, July 11, 2013
Buoyed by the decision of the High Court to ban caste rallies in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has now appealed for a ban on caste census too. The caste census, BJP claims, would negate the very purpose for which the ban has been ordered. “If caste census isn’t stopped, then it would aggravate the division of society into various caste groupings causing irreversible damage to the social fabric of the state,” state BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai said.

The BJP also took potshots at the ruling Samajwadi Party and the main opposition Bahujan Samaj Party in the state, saying that the court order against caste rallies was like a slap on the face of these political parties who were busy holding caste rallies in the state.

Bajpai recalled the rather derogatory ‘tilak-tarazu aur talwaar’ slogan that BSP had coined to outwit its political opponents by blatantly playing up the caste angle and singled out Samajwadi Party’s “unabashed display of minority angle” to slam the two regional players.