Caste based census: Tejashwi met CM Nitish Kumar, said- we have full faith in him

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Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav said on Wednesday that he has full faith in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the issue of caste-based census. Talking to reporters after meeting the Chief Minister, Yadav said that Nitish Kumar would soon convene an all-party meeting on the issue. The Chief Minister has assured me that he will soon convene an all-party meeting to discuss the modalities of governance in the state. I have full faith in the words of CM Nitish Kumar. Since he has assured us, we should wait for some time.

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“The chief minister told me that he is also in favor of conducting a caste-based census in the state,” he said. The RJD leader on Tuesday accused Nitish Kumar of adopting a strategy of delaying the promise of conducting a caste-based census and gave him an ultimatum of 48 to 72 hours. Nitish had led an all-party delegation last year, of which Tejashwi Yadav was also a part. It had called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to push for a caste-based census. On the Centre’s refusal, he had indicated that he was ready to conduct such a survey in the state after convening an all-party meeting.

The last time a census of all castes was conducted was in 1921. Bihar leaders believe that a new population estimate is necessary to formulate policies that fully address the needs of social groups.