Before Nitish’s meeting with PM Modi, Sushil Modi said – BJP has always supported caste census


An all-party delegation from Bihar, led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, is going to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the demand for caste-based census. Just a day before this, the BJP has strongly supported this move of caste-based census. Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi said the party has always supported caste-based census and will be part of the all-party delegation to meet the PM on Monday.

Sushil Modi tweeted, “BJP has never been against caste census, so we have been a part of the resolution passed in the Vidhan Sabha and the Legislative Council on this issue.” They have agreed to estimate the number strength of hundreds of castes.

The statement by the former Bihar deputy CM follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to ensure record representation to OBC members in his team and announcement of an all-India quota in medical courses. Earlier, the party’s Lok Sabha member from UP, Sanghamitra Maurya, while speaking on the 127th Amendment Bill, had strongly supported the caste-based census, restoring the powers of states to make their own OBC quota lists.

Sushil Modi also recalled the then rural development late Gopinath Munde’s statement in Parliament in 2014, in which he had said that the government cannot consider the findings of the Socio-Economic Caste Census as credible as there are deficiencies in the data collected. He said, “At that time when the Socio-Economic Caste Survey was conducted by the Ministries of Rural Development and Urban Development on the instructions of the Central Government, crores of errors were found in it. The number of castes reached in lakhs.” Sushil Modi said the report was not made public due to inaccuracies.

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The BJP leader said that Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa were one at the time of the last census of 1931 under the British Raj. Modi said, “There was a census of only 22 castes in Bihar’s population of about one crore at that time. Now after 90 years there has been a big difference in economic, social, geographical and political conditions. He said that though there are many technical and practical difficulties in conducting the caste census, the BJP is in support of it in principle.

On August 10, BJP MP Sanghamitra Maurya had strongly advocated the caste census while participating in the 127th Amendment Bill. The MP, who belongs to a backward caste and whose father Swami Prasad Maurya is a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, had said, “Earlier animals were also counted but not a backward caste. BJP government is doing it now.


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