Bhim Army Chief Chandrasekhar Azad, who is currently out on bail in the case of allegedly inciting people during an anti-CAA protest has called for a nation-wide strike today.
The Dalit leader has called for a shutdown against the Supreme Court ruling that states were not bound to provide reservation in government jobs and quota in promotion.
Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register for Citizens (NRC) and thrashing of Dalits in recent past are also a part of the bandh call.
The Bhim chief’s call for the strike have received widespread support from Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL) led by Shivpal Yadav, the younger brother of Samajwadi Patry patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, and from Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar.
New Delhi’s Seelampur area also saw widespread protest today, as more than 500 protesters blocked the road outside Seelampur metro station, demanding the Centre to repeal the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
The protesters, mainly women, carrying the national tricolour raised, also tied a blue band on their arm and also raised ‘Jai Bhim’ slogans.
On Saturday, Azad hoisted the triclour in front of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) headquarters in Nagpur and also addressed a tiranga rally. During the rally, he called for a ban on the RSS and challenged the organisation to contest elections.
Azad was arrested in the case of allegedly inciting people during an anti-CAA protest at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on December 20 last year.