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BJP wants poll panel to take note of Congress leaders' posters with caste names in Patna

A poster erected at Rajapur Pul thoroughfare in Patna.

A poster erected at Rajapur Pul thoroughfare in Patna.   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar

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Posters of Congress leaders identified with their castes dotting the main thoroughfares of Patna has stirred controversy with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanding that Election Commission should take note of it.

At one huge billboard near Income-Tax chouraha (thoroughfare), Congress president Rahul Gandhi, all State Congress leaders along with state party in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil, are identified with their respective castes.

The Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee was revamped recently with Madan Mohan Jha being appointed as its president.

In another billboard the leaders have been identified with their caste names in bold fonts.

The posters thanked their top party leadership for constituting a new State Congress Committee and setting an example of social harmony.

Meanwhile, State BJP leaders criticised the posters saying this shows “how the Congress plays caste politics.”

“We demand from the Election Commission to take note of these caste posters of Congress leaders which is an attempt to play caste politics ahead of the general elections,” State BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand said.

He also demanded an apology from Mr. Gandhi “for playing such brazen caste politics ahead of Lok Sabha polls.”

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