Bharat Bandh on May 25 has been called to press for a caste-based census in the country and reservation in private jobs among others. The All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF) has called for a Bharat Bandh tomorrow (May 25) over the Centre not conducting a caste-based census for the Other Backward Classes (OBC). In addition to the demand for the Census, the parties are also protesting against the use of EVMs during elections and the issue of reservations for the SC/ST/OBC in private sectors.
The Bahujan Mukti Party, Bahujan Kranti Morcha, and others have extended their support to the Bharat Bandh call given by BAMCEF. The bandh has also been called to demand a law guaranteeing MSP to farmers, non-implementation of NRC/CAA/NPR, and resumption of the old pension scheme.
Also, they are demanding separate electorates in OBC reservation in Panchayat elections in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. The outfits said that tribal people should not be displaced under the garb of environmental protection.
According to the national convener of the Bhartiya Yuva Morcha, their demands include:
– Stopping the use of EVMs in elections
– Caste-based census
– SC/ST/OBC reservations in the private sector
– A law guaranteeing MSP to farmers
– Non-implementation of NRC/CAA/NPR
– Resumption of the old pension scheme
– Separate electorates in OBC reservation in Panchayat elections in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh
– No displacement of tribal people under the garb of environmental protection
– Not making vaccination compulsory.
– Protection against labour laws that were secretly made against workers during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Extending his support for the bandh, BKM convener Waman Meshram claimed that some forces are creating an atmosphere of disturbance to divert the attention of people from the bandh, especially the OBCs so that they cannot join the movement.