Amid caste census demand, all-party delegation from Bihar to fulfill PM Modi on Aug 23

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Amid rising demand for a caste-based census, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar together with representatives of all of the events within the state will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 23 to debate the problem.

Tejashwi Yadav, the chief of opposition within the state meeting, will even be part of the delegation, Kumar mentioned.

“I had sought an appointment with the PM to fulfill him together with an all-party delegation from Bihar, together with RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, to debate the problem of a caste-based census. I thank him for giving us time subsequent Monday at 11 am,” Kumar was quoted as saying by information company PTI.

The Bihar CM added that the census based mostly on caste will profit all sections of the society and assist in efficient governance.

On August 3, Kumar had written to PM Modi, asking for his appointment to debate the demand for a caste-based census. Final month, leaders of the five-party opposition alliance, led by Yadav, had met Kumar over the problem.

Kumar, nonetheless, had asserted that divergent stands adopted by his occasion and the BJP, which runs the Union authorities, on the problem wouldn’t have an effect on the coalition.

The Centre had just lately knowledgeable Parliament that it was planning to carry a census just for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, triggering calls for from Bihar politicians for together with OBCs who dominate the state’s politics.

Kumar had earlier dispelled fears {that a} census of all castes might result in social tensions. “When the legislature unanimously handed resolutions in assist of a caste-based census on two events, members of all events and from all castes and religions supported it. There ought to be no misgivings,” he had mentioned.

The bicameral Bihar legislature had unanimously handed resolutions in favour of a caste-based census in 2019 and likewise in 2020.

Caste-based census apart from for SCs and STs has not been undertaken within the nation after 1931.

Nonetheless, the demand for such a census comes up earlier than nearly each Census, as information of debates and questions raised in Parliament present. The demand normally comes from amongst these belonging to Different Backward Courses (OBC) and different disadvantaged sections, whereas sections from the higher castes oppose the thought.

In current days, in addition to Nitish Kumar, HAM chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, and RPI chief Ramdas Athawale, such calls for have additionally come from BJP nationwide secretary Pankaja Munde (in a tweet on January 24), and the Maharashtra Meeting which handed a decision on January eight urging the Centre to carry a caste-based Census in 2021.

With inputs from PTI

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