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.
“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.