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RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav calls for boycott of national census if caste-wise data is not allowed

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Patna: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s call to boycott the National Census 2021, if the central government continues to refuse to conduct a caste-based census, has now pushed the opposition’s demand for a caste-based census to become a national political issue. .

Bihar’s main opposition party – RJD, in collaboration with three NDA allies – JDU, VIP and HMM in Bihar to make caste-based census a national issue against the BJP in a very well planned political manner ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections moving on from.

Taking to the official Twitter handle, Lalu Prasad Yadav has tweeted in Hindi: “If castes are not counted in the 2021 census, then all the backward, EBC communities of the country, apart from Bihar, will be included in the census. can boycott.”

Lalu’s call to boycott the census for Scheduled Castes (16 per cent), OBCs (about 50 per cent), Minorities (17 per cent) and Most Backward Classes sent the BJP think-tank in Bihar into deep thought. Have given. On finding ways to undermine Lalu’s call.

Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is still the most heard leader in the opposition among the masses, continued to question the usefulness of the census if it does not benefit the majority of the population. Lalu tweeted, ‘If the majority of the population does not benefit from the census data, then what will we do with the census of animals.

The demand for a caste-based census in Bihar has increased the rift between the ruling JD(U) and the BJP to such an extent that hardly a day goes by when a leader of JD(U) and BJP does not make statements in support and opposition of the issue.

“The support of the opposition led by the RJD has given a major turn to this demand and Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has recently met several leaders of the opposition like Sharad Pawar, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sharad Yadav and Om Prakash Chutala, said Caste is made. Census is a potential issue against the BJP,” said several political observers in Patna, including Dr RK Verma.

“If this issue is spread in UP and other electoral states and BJP suffers in electoral politics, then the same issue will be against BJP in 2024 Lok Sabha elections to remove Narendra Modi,” he said.

Recently, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had already made it clear that his party would not compromise in alliance on this issue. Nitish Kumar had recently said, “The demand for a caste-based census has no political connection. It is related to a social cause. If it is conducted even once in the country, it will benefit everyone.” “

Nitish Kumar has also sent a letter to the PMO seeking an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet a delegation regarding the caste-based census. However, Kumar has not received any response from the PMO on the letter sent with the suggestion of the opposition in Bihar.

Kumar was quoted as saying that the Bihar Assembly has passed two resolutions in support of the caste-based census and informed the Center about it in 2019 and 2020. Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav also added a new political fervor saying that if trees, animals, vehicles and SC/ST people can be counted, why not OBC people.

Many political experts believe that the BJP has been left in a dilemma due to its refusal to conduct a caste-based census and finding no way to silence the opposition and hence making the issue a major national issue.

In the national political scene, BSP supremo Mayawati has also said that if the BJP takes any constructive approach on the issue, her party will be in its support.

Meanwhile, some reliable sources from the opposition side said that the entire opposition is being polarized to come together on caste census, new population policy and Pegasus scandal against BJP ahead of UP elections.

A credible opposition source said, “If we are successful in damaging the BJP on all these issues in the Uttar Pradesh elections, then power on may help Narendra Modi stay in power even after the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. . . we are polarizing.”

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