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Bihar Caste Survey: Which Parties are Supporting & Those Against Caste Census | EXPLAINED

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The caste survey in Bihar has pushed forward demand in several states for similar census and divided parties across the country on the issue. The survey, released by the Bihar government on Monday, found that Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Extremely Backward Classes (EBCs) constitute more than 63% of the population in the state.

The caste survey has given an opportunity to parties like the JD(U) and RJD to mobilise backward classes and castes in their favour. The survey is likely to amplify the demand for similar caste census in other such states and increase the OBC quota beyond 27 per cent.

Survey Findings

As per the caste survey, the total population of Bihar is 13,07,25,310, while the OBC and EBC categories make up 63 per cent. The Extremely Backward Classes (36 per cent) were the largest social segment, followed by the Other Backward Classes at 27.13 per cent.

In terms of castes, 27.12% of the population was OBCs, while EBCs were 36.01%. Yadavs were the single largest social group with 14.26% of the population.

Dalits constitute over 19.65% of Bihar’s population while the unreserved constitute around 15.5% of the total population.

Parties in Favour

The caste census has led to demands by several opposition parties including DMK, BSP, NCP calling for similar surveys. Here is a list of parties that have went in support or against the caste survey:

Bahujan Samaj Party

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has supported the caste survey in Uttar Pradesh and called it the “first step in the long struggle for the constitutional rights of OBCs.”

“The news of the caste census data conducted by the Bihar government being made public is in the news today and intense discussions are going on it. Some parties are definitely uncomfortable with this, but for BSP this is the first step in the long struggle for the constitutional rights of OBCs,” Mayawati said in her post on X.

Nationalist Congress Party

The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad has hailed the Bihar government’s caste survey and demanded that a similar exercise be carried out in all states of the country, including Maharashtra.

The member of the Maharashtra legislative assembly representing the Mumbra-Kalwa constituency in Thane district alleged that the rights of the OBCs were being snatched away.

“Bihar has taken a brave step forward. It took a decision to conduct a caste-based census. And what truth came out of it (caste-based census)? It revealed that the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) comprise 61 per cent of the population. The Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs together form 85 per cent of its population,” he said.

DMK

The ruling party in Tamil Nadu has also expressed support for the caste census. Earlier this year, a meeting of opposition parties which was called by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader and Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin calling for a national caste census of backward communities.

Aam Aadmi Party

Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh has called for caste-based census in the entire country. Singh also accused the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of running away from conducting a caste census.

Congress

The Congress on Monday too welcomed the Bihar government’s move to release the findings of a caste census and called upon the Centre to immediately conduct a similar exercise at the national level to ensure social justice and provide a firm foundation for social empowerment programmes.

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi noted that while the Bihar census shows that OBCs, SCs and STs together form 84% of the population, there are only three OBC secretaries out of 90 at the Centre who handle 5% of India’s budget.

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said the UPA government led by the Congress had conducted a census but its results were not published by the Modi government.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi has also demanded that the central government take up a nation-wide caste census and revise the reservations for various castes accordingly. Earlier in March, the party moved a motion for suspension of rules to discuss caste census in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in this regard.

Other Parties in Support

Several other parties including Shiv Sena (Uddhav faction), PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Left and Apna Dal have favoured the caste based census.

Trinamool Congress

Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has not clearly expressed its stance on the caste census. In the past, the party has expressed reservations about conducting a caste census on the grounds that it “will lead to demands for self-governance in certain areas,” as per reports.

Parties Not Clear

Parties including JD(S) in Karnataka and Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh have not cleared their stance on caste-based census.

(With inputs from agencies)



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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI/File)

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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Last Updated: February 21, 2024, 23:05 IST

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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