25th May Bharat Bandh 2022: On May 25, thousands of protestors are expected to flood the streets of India under the aegis of the Bharat Bandh, or India Shutdown. The protest is being called over several demands including caste-based census, scandals around EVMs in elections, and reservation in the private sector, among others.
25th May Bharat Bandh
In 2022, the country will shut down on May 25 in response to a demand by the All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF).
The Bharat Bandh is being called because the Central Government refused to conduct a caste-based census of the Other Backward Castes (OBC), said Neeraj Dhiman, Saharanpur District President of the Bahujan Mukti Party (BMP).
He also raised issues related to the use of electronic voting machines in elections and the non-implementation of reservations for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes in private sectors.
Bharat Bandh on May 25: People want to make the bandh a success
BAMCEF, a national organization for Dalit and tribal people, has also expressed support for the Bharat Bandh on May 25. The Bahujan Mukti Party has also expressed support for the bandh, and its acting state President urged the people to make it a success. The National Convener of Bahujan Kranti Morcha—another regional political party—also extended its support to the Bharat Bandh on May 25.
Waman Meshram, president of BAMCEF (Bharat Bandh Mahamandal) said, “The Bharat Bandh movement of the National Backward Classes Front has the obvious support of the National Parivartan Morcha and all its affiliated organisations.”
He said that certain forces are trying to create a divide in the country before the Bharat Bandh and are trying to distract especially the OBCs so that they cannot join the movement.
25th May Bharat Bandh Reasons
There are multiple of reasons for 25th May Bharat Bandh
The demands of the protesters include:
1. The Central Government of India has never conducted a caste census based on the system of OBC (Other Backward Classes).
2. Reservation for SC/ST/OBC in the private sector.
3. To introduce a law that entitles farmers to a minimum support price for their produce.
4. The recent concerns over the security of EVMs and their ability to be tampered with in elections
5. Against the displacement of tribal peoples in favor of environmental protection
6. For speaking up against the NRC/CAA/NPR
7. For the resumption of the Old Pension Scheme
8. Demand for the separate electorate in OBC reservation in Panchayat elections in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.
9. Protection against the COVID pandemic’s labour laws that were secretly made against workers.
10. Rather than forcing people to get vaccinated, it would be better to educate them on the importance of vaccination.
The Bahujan Mukti Party has also voiced support for the bandh. Its president DP Singh urged the people to make the bandh successful by shutting down businesses and public transportation. People willing to participate in Bharat Bandh have been running a campaign on social media to spread awareness about it.