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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar To Hold All-party Meet Over Caste Census On June 1

Kumar had earlier said that the state government will conduct the caste census, but would seek political consensus before doing so.

File photo of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. (Source: PTI)

New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will convene an all-party meeting on June 1 to discuss the caste-based census in the state. The meeting is scheduled for 4 pm, parliamentary affairs minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said in a statement on Tuesday.

Chaudhary also said the state government will go ahead with the caste wise enumeration of the people despite the Central government declining two resolutions by the state legislature.

“An all-party meeting will be convened to take everyone’s opinions about the caste-based census. Then the proposal will be presented before the state cabinet,” news agency ANI quoted Kumar as saying on Monday.

Kumar had earlier said that the state government will conduct the caste census, but would seek political consensus before doing so.

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Highlighting the importance of the caste Census, the Chief Minister said that it would enable the government to work for the development of various sections of the society.

“We will start it soon and will also ensure it is implemented properly. Once the caste-based Census is done, the government can work for their development,” he said.

Caste Census has become a key political issue in Bihar with most of the parties in Bihar, including the Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) backing the demand.

While Nitish Kumar and Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav have found common ground on the issue, the BJP has remained indifferent of late. Further, the Narendra Modi government’s refusal to conduct a caste census nationally, has evoked allegations from the Opposition that the BJP, which derives its support base from, primarily, among the upper castes, did not care much for the OBCs. The backward classes and castes expect to gain from a headcount of all castes.

(With ANI inputs)