The Bihar BJP is all set to launch a membership drive from Monday. New members who registered themselves with the saffron party online would be asked to fill membership form having a column on caste.

This came against the backdrop of PM Modi asking the people of Bihar to rise above caste considerations and support the most virtuous on Friday. "You cannot rule with the help of one or two castes...If you do not rise above caste, Bihar's social development will suffer," he had said quoting Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's letter.

Mangal Pandey, however, told reporters that the membership form having column of caste was an old practice to "prepare complete profile of the new member." "We wish to maintain record of complete profile of our members with the state headquarters and that is why comprehensive information is sought," he added.

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