Patna: A few days ago, the central government has decided not to conduct any caste census except for SCs and STs. After this decision, where Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar got a setback, on the other hand now Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav has also issued a statement and targeted the BJP. Because the resolution regarding caste census has been passed twice from the Bihar Legislative Assembly and Lalu Yadav has also been demanding it for a long time.
On Thursday, Tejashwi said that the BJP supports caste census in both the houses of Bihar, but in the Parliament, the puppet of Bihar only makes an announcement from the minister of state of backward classes not to conduct caste census. Here he was pointing towards Nityanand Rai. Tejashwi said that why BJP hates backward / backward classes so much? During this, he also raised the question of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Said that why the Modi government does not want to count Hindus from backward classes? Are 70-80 crore people of those backward classes not Hindus?
Taking a dig at the BJP, Tejashwi said, “In the census, animals are counted in which dog-cat, elephant-horse, lion-jackal, cycle-scooter are all counted. Even who belongs to which religion, what is the number of that religion, but what is the problem in counting the number of deprived, neglected and backward groups inherent in that religion? For enumeration, just one column has to be added in the census form. There is no extra cost for that.
“Until the actual number of backward classes is not known, how will the schemes for their welfare be made? How will their educational, social, political and economic betterment happen? How will the budget be allocated in proportion to their numbers? Who are those people who do not want everyone to get an equal share of the country’s resources?
‘The fight for caste census will continue‘
On this decision taken by the Center, Tejashwi said that the RJD of caste census has fought a long battle and we will continue to fight. He said that this is an issue related to the present and future of the majority i.e. more than 65 percent of the deprived, neglected, ridiculed and oppressed sections of the country.
‘Governments of Odisha had requested but not possible‘
Let us inform that Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha said that according to the Constitution, seats are reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in proportion to the population in Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly. The governments of Maharashtra and Odisha have requested to collect caste details in the upcoming census. As a matter of policy, the Government of India has decided that there will be no caste census except for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.