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B P Mandal

Introduction

1. Bindheshwari Prasad Mandal (1918–1982) was an Indian Parliamentarian who served as the chairman of the Second Backward Classes Commission (Mandal Commission).

2. B. P. Mandal was a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha for the state of Bihar from 1967 to 1970 and 1977 to 1979. 3. He was also the Chief Minister of Bihar in 1968.

4. B. P. Mandal was the son of Ras Behari Lal Mandal, a wealthy zamindar. According to local legend, his father raised the demand for Indian independence at the 1911 Delhi Durbar. Ras Behari Lal Mandal later made his contribution as founder of All India Gope Jatiya (Yadav)Mahasabha and was one of the few zamindars who laid the foundation of Indian National Congress in Bihar.

5. The Government of India issued a stamp in honor of B. P. Mandal in 2001. A college named in his honor, B. P. Mandal Engineering College, was founded in 2007.

Mandal Commission

1. In December 1978, Prime Minister Morarji Desai appointed a five member civil rights commission under the chairmanship of Mandal.

2. The commission's report was completed in 1980 and recommended that a significant proportion of all government and educational places be reserved for applicants from the Other Backward Classes.

3. The commission's report was tabled indefinitely by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

4. A decade later, Prime Minister V. P. Singh implemented the recommendations of the Mandal Report.

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