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Yogi Adityanath Says Will Follow Centre’s Decision On Caste Census, But Casteist Politics Ruined UP

Our 'mantra' is 'sabka saath sabka vishvaas sabka vikas', says UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

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UP CM Yogi Adityanath. (PTI Photo)

In the midst of the growing chorus for a caste-based census, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minster Yogi Adityanath said that his government will adhere to the benchmarks set by the Centre for the purpose of population enumeration.

“Whatever is decided by the central government will be followed in UP,” he told India Ahead in an exclusive interview.

On being asked if OBC factor and politics will have its impact in the upcoming UP elections in 2022, Yogi said caste-based politics has been detrimental to the interest of the state.

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BJP ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been vociferously campaigning for a caste-based census. He even led an all-party delegation from the state to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the exercise be taken up with the 2021 census which is to be conducted by the Registrar of Census under the Union Ministry for Home Affairs. BJP has however not made its stand clear on the issue.

“Caste based politics has ruined UP and stalled development. It has worked to the disadvantage of the poor, Dalit, backward and deprived in both UP and Bihar,” Yogi added.

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Our mantra is sabka saath sabka vishvaas sabka vikas, the UP CM said. “Before 2017, the youth of UP used to hide their identity. Today they proudly say they are from UP. The image of the state has changed,” he added.

BJP has seen a phenomenal growth in its votebank since 2014 general elections as it sought to mobilise a large sections of non-Yadav OBCs and non-Jatav dalits under the larger Hindu-canopy.

The special quota for the Economically Weaker Sections or EWS has triggered a fresh demand for a relook on the 50 per cent quota ceiling set by the Supreme Court.