A cross-party delegation led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to discuss the issue of conducting a caste-based census.
The 10 political parties delegation included RJD chief and Leader of the Opposition, Tejashwi Yadav, Hindustan Awam Morcha President and former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, the BJP’s Janak Ram, a state minister; Congress leader Ajeet Sharma and those from Left parties.
The Prime Minister listened to all the members of the delegation. We urged the PM to take an appropriate decision on it and briefed him on how resolutions have been passed twice in the state Assembly on the caste census, Nitish Kumar reporters in Delhi.
People in Bihar and the entire country are of the same opinion on this issue. We are grateful to the Prime Minister for listening to us. We urged him to take an appropriate decision. Now, he has to take it, CM Nitish Kumar said after meeting PM Modi.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav called for a caste census in the entire country.
Our delegation met the Prime Minister today not only for caste census in the state, but in the entire country. We are awaiting a decision on this now, he told news agency ANI.
Bihar political parties have been united in calling for a caste census. For the BJP, however, this is a politically tricky subject given that the state agenda in Bihar is at odds with the national view.
Before today’s meeting with the Prime Minister, BJP leader Sushil Modi – who was Nitish Kumar’s deputy for several years – said the BJP has never been against the caste census.
The BJP was never against a caste-based census. The party have also been part of resolutions passed in the legislative assembly and council in its support. The delegation which is scheduled to meet PM Modi also includes a BJP representative, Sushil Modi wrote in a series of tweets on Sunday.
In an another tweet, Sushil Modi said BJP’s Gopinath Munde had presented the party’s side in Parliament in favour of the caste census in 2011. He also tweeted that that the last time a caste-based count took place was in 1931, under British rule, when Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha were one entity.
The last time a caste-based count took place was in 1931. That was under British rule, and when Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha were one entity.