Tejashwi Yadav writes to 33 political leaders seeking caste census
Tejashwi said that he had written to several senior leaders about shared apprehensions and responsibilities over the ongoing demand for socio-economic and caste census and the apathy of the Centre towards the same.
Amid the caste census controversy, Bihar-based Rashtriya Janta Dal on Saturday sought cooperation from leaders across the political parties in the country on the matter.
Leader of Opposition in Bihar assembly and senior Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav wrote letters to 33 senior leaders, including chief ministers, seeking caste census.
Last week, the Narendra Modi-government had informed the Supreme Court that it is not feasible to conduct a caste census.
In a tweet, Tejashwi said that he had written to several senior leaders about shared apprehensions and responsibilities over the ongoing demand for socio-economic and caste census and the apathy of the Centre towards the same.
In his tweet, he also attached his letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
In his letter to the political leaders, the RJD leader said that caste-based census needed to be viewed as an essential step in nation-building.
Tejashwi said that the caste census could bring to the forefront the pressing concerns that a country like India must attend to with a sense of urgency.
Calling it a historic opportunity to push for an agenda that is essential for making this country egalitarian, the RJD leader said that a caste-based census would ensure social harmony and social cohesion.
Last month, Yadav and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought a caste census across the country.
Among the leaders, the RJD leader also wrote letters to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
He also sent letters to former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJP chief Chirag Paswan, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati, CPI’s D Raja, CPI-M chief Sitaram Yechury, former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah among others.
Hoping that other political leaders would agree with the need to join hands and push the government to prioritise the socio-economic development of the country Tejashwi said he was open to suggestions so that a plan of action can be urgently formulated without delay.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has flown to New Delhi to attend the meeting organised by the Union Home Ministry on Naxal issues. In the meeting, nine chief ministers will be attending.
Kumar will also meet the senior BJP central leadership and discuss the caste census issue. He will take a final call on the issue once he returns to Patna.