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Caste Census: 11 Bihar leaders meet Modi

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The political parties of Bihar seem to be unanimous on the issue of caste census. A delegation of leaders of 10 parties from Bihar met Prime Minister Modi. There is a demand that not only Bihar, but castes should be counted in the whole country. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav, Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi from Hindustan Awam Morcha (HUM), Minister Janak Ram in Bihar from BJP, developing human being Party (VIP) ministers Mukesh Kumar Sahni, Ajit Sharma (leader of Congress Legislature Party), Suryakant Paswan (MLA CPI), Ajay Kumar (MLA CPM), AIMIM MLA Akhtarul Iman and CPI ML Mehboob Alam visited Delhi on Monday. He met Prime Minister Modi and presented his side on the caste census. For a long time, the leaders of Bihar have been demanding a caste census. However, some other state leaders are also demanding to get it done across the country. Nitish Kumar told reporters after meeting Modi, “This is an important issue and we have been demanding it for a long time. If it is done, nothing can be better than this.

Apart from this, it will not be just for Bihar, people all over the country will benefit from it. It should be done at least once.” Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (U) is an ally of the BJP in Bihar and favors a caste-based census. The Janata Dal, led by party national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh, in early August A (U) delegation met Home Minister Amit Shah and demanded a caste-based census. Taking forward this demand, Nitish Kumar met Modi on Monday along with a delegation from Bihar. Said, “The Prime Minister has not ruled out the caste census. Now Prime Minister Modi has to take a decision. Whatever he deems appropriate.

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Modi has listened to everyone seriously. All the members of the delegation kept their views in favor of the caste census” while Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav said after the meeting, when animals and trees and plants can be counted in the country, why can’t humans. He said, “The government does not have statistics on caste basis. Once the figures come out, the government will be able to implement welfare schemes accordingly.” Tejashwi has demanded that caste census should be conducted not only in Bihar but in the entire country. He said that he would wait for the Centre’s decision on this demand. The proposal for caste census has also been passed twice in the Bihar Legislative Assembly. The last caste-based census was held and released in 1931. The data was collected in 1941 but not made public.

The Socio-Economic Caste Census was conducted in 2011, but the figures were not released by the government. Not only in Bihar, parties from other states are also emphasizing on caste-based census. In Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party leaders Akhilesh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party, Apna Dal have also raised similar demands. There is assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh next year and this issue has started gaining momentum. In Maharashtra, parties like Shiv Sena and NCP are also seen standing in its favor. Although the central government has not yet taken any decision on the caste-based census, but it can reach a conclusion soon in view of the upcoming assembly elections.

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