Patna: Following the central government's denial to hold a caste-based census in the country, leader of Opposition Tejaswi Yadav will soon meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to discuss holding a caste-based census in the state. Yadav noted that the CM himself had advocated for a caste-based census, and the opposition leaders will ask him to put their opinions before the prime minister.
"Entire opposition parties in Bihar are with caste-based census. Hence, we will put our viewpoint before the chief minister and ask him to form a delegation comprising ruling as well as opposition leaders to meet with Narendra Modi on this issue," Tejashwi said.
"As the central government has already denied for initiating caste-based census in the country and may not give time to us, in that case, Nitish Kumar should initiate the same in Bihar at the expense of the state government. The Karnataka government did the same in its own state after central government's denial, the Nitish Kumar government can do the same," Tejashwi Yadav said. Why the centre is ignoring the census when 70 per cent of the Hindu population in the country is from the backward castes is not understandable, Tejashwi noted. Though Tejashwi also raised the matter in the Bihar Assembly and requested the Speaker for discussion in the question hour, the speaker Vijay Sinha refused and asked him to discuss the matter later in the day.