Demand for caste-based census rising, says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Demand for caste-based census rising, says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a votary of caste-based census, on Monday mentioned a number of political events in different states have began elevating the identical demand for caste enumeration of the nation’s inhabitants and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to decide on it.

He additionally dismissed speculations that such a census, through which particulars of Different Backward Class (OBC) folks will likely be taken moreover these of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, will result in social rigidity.

“We lately met PM Modi over the difficulty. Leaders of all political events of Bihar are of the view that caste-based census must be carried out within the nation as it is going to profit everybody. He listened to everybody’s opinion very rigorously. Now he has to decide,” Kumar instructed reporters.

Led by Kumar, a 10-party delegation from Bihar, which included the BJP, met Modi in New Delhi on August 23 to push for a caste-based census which has not taken place within the nation for the reason that British rule.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his weekly public interplay programme Janata Ke Darbar Mein Mukhya Mantri’ right here, he mentioned, “Sure political events in different states have additionally began demanding a caste-based census within the nation.”

The JD(U) chief, nevertheless, didn’t identify any occasion.

Various events of Uttar Pradesh – Samajwadi Celebration (SP), Congress, Anupriya Patel’s Apna Dal, Om Prakash Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Celebration, Sanjay Nishad’s Nishad Celebration and Babu Singh Kushwaha’s Jan Adhikar Celebration – have raised such a requirement forward of meeting elections due subsequent yr in varied states together with UP.

A number of political events of Maharashtra and Odisha have additionally sought caste-based census which is scheduled to be held this yr.

With census being the Union authorities’s prerogative, it’s now as much as the Centre to take a name on the demand.

Statistics about totally different castes will assist in formulating improvement schemes successfully as a lot of them haven’t benefitted to date consistent with their precise inhabitants, the Bihar CM has mentioned lately.

The BJP management has to date not taken a categorical stand on the difficulty which has been lapped up by numerous regional events, a lot of them its rivals in numerous states.

There’s a view {that a} caste census will convey the Mandal politics to the centre stage of politics and may be an efficient weapon within the fingers of regional events to counter the BJP’s Hindutva and welfare planks, the dual points utilized by the saffron occasion to make inroads into the OBC vote financial institution on the expense of state-based events.

Kumar rejected fears {that a} census of all castes might result in social rigidity.

When the (Bihar) legislature handed resolutions on it, members of all events and from all castes and religions supported it. There must be no misgivings, he mentioned.

Observing that findings of the Socio Financial Caste Census carried out in the course of the Congress-led UPA regime weren’t made public due to “doubts over statistical accuracy”, Kumar mentioned, Caste-based census will likely be within the curiosity of the nation.

To a query on rising costs of petrol and diesel within the nation, Kumar mentioned, The state authorities is in fixed contact with the central authorities over the difficulty. We’re looking for a method out.

Patna has already joined the record of state capitals the place the petrol worth has crossed the Rs 100-mark.

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