"A deep-rooted bias prevails against mahadalits and those from the down-trodden sections of society....I have myself been a victim of caste bias," he said at a function here to mark the birth centenary celebrations of former Chief Minister Bhola Paswan Shastri.

Manjhi, a mahadalit, said a temple in Madhubani district was washed and purified soon after his visit during Assembly by-polls some months ago.

The Chief Minister said that he was not aware of the incident and it was narrated to him subsequently by Mines and Geology Minister Ram Lashan Ram Raman.

Manjhi said, "When it comes to getting their work done, the upper caste people don't mind even touching my feet despite knowing my background."

He said that the bias against dalit people also prevails in the official machinery and hurdles are created in execution of work related to welfare of the weaker sections of the society.

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