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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav dashes off letter to PM Modi over Caste-based Census

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said that a Caste-based Census would be beneficial for everyone, especially the backward communities.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav dashes off letter to PM Modi over Caste-based Census-dnm
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Lucknow, First Published Aug 13, 2021, 5:19 PM IST
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In a bid to strengthen the demand for a caste-based census, Bihar Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav dashed a letter to PM Modi on Friday requesting an appointment for the elected leaders from the state to discuss the contentious issue of caste-wise census in the state.

The Rashtriya Janata Party (RJD) leader has sought time from the PM as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s request on the same failed to elicit a response.

He said it was an insult to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar if he had not been granted time by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the issue of a caste-based census.

Tejashwi batted for a detailed educational, social, political and economic assessment of the population, stating that there would be no change in the backward community's situation without assessment of their needs.

Also, interestingly Bihar had opposed the detailed National Population Register (NPR) which had demanded details of mother tongue, place of birth etc.

Yadav's comment today came days after the Chief Minister himself said he had not received any response to his letter, received by the Prime Minister's Office on August 4, seeking to meet PM Modi.

"Since both (Centre and Bihar) have NDA governments...we, the opposition leaders of Bihar Assembly, without any bias, went and met the respected Chief Minister in his chambers. We said, you seek some time (with the PM) and we will go and meet him," he said.

"If he hasn't been granted time for a week now, somehow it is an insult to the Chief Minister."

Talking to media at the RJD office, Yadav said, “We will be left with no option but to sit on dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.”

According to an NDTV report, Yadav said Kumar seemed to have been ignored by the Centre as the PM’s Twitter handle revealed he was meeting several other dignitaries. "When we look at the Prime Minister's Twitter handle, it seems he has time to meet others, but if he is not able to meet Nitish Kumar and a delegation of the entire leadership of Bihar Assembly on such an important issue...Can't say much, but he should have made time by now," he said, even as he wondered why the PM was ignoring the issue. The Bihar Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution in favour of a caste-wise census twice in the past.

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