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BJP and RSS petrified by demand for caste-based census for fear of losing political currency

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In what is being described as a masterstroke, Nitish nominated Jharkhand State Chairman JD(U) and former MLA Khiru Mahto as the party’s candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections, which also sent waves of BJP shock. No BJP leader worth his salt expected Nitish to go against Modi’s wishes. As he drove the chasm between Nitish and Modi, he also sent a message that Nitish was exploring the possibility of getting closer to opposition parties in the state.

It may be recalled that in 2021, Nitish had insisted on four ministerial places – two Cabinet Ministers and two Ministers of State – for his party, but ultimately only accepted one place for the JD(U) in the Modi office.

This was obviously seen by Nitish as a move to reduce his political stature by Modi, although at the time he did not challenge the prime minister. Now, with Rajya Sabha’s biennial polls looming, it looks like he has decided to assert himself and challenge Modi.

In a significant development, Lalu Yadav has decided to support Nitish Kumar and has called a multi-party meeting on June 1 in which Bihar CM will be a key figure. Lately, opposition parties have taken steps to come together to challenge the BJP, with the latest such occasion being an event organized by Rashtriya Lok Dal, led by Jayant Chaudhary, at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the death of the former Prime Minister and the farmers. Chief Charan Singh.

At the initiative of Nitish and Lalu Yadav, opposition parties across the country had already decided to pressure the Modi government to carry out a national caste census. The RLD-led meeting also passed a resolution, stating, “The last caste census in India was carried out in 1931 and all government policies are formulated based on the numbers listed at the time. Therefore, it is imperative for us to immediately implement a caste census to inform data-driven decision-making, as is happening in almost every sphere of our lives, whether in medicine, science or business.

Significantly, the RLD-sponsored meeting brought together senior leaders from JD(U), Lalu Yadav’s RJD, Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, CPI(M), Apna Dal (Kamerawadi) and of TIPRA Motha, based in Tripura.

During the meeting, the opposition parties also demanded the creation of a “Social Justice Commission” or a “Commission for Equal Opportunities” responsible for analyzing data from a census of castes. to ensure adequate representation of women, SC, ST, OBC, minorities or weaker sections based in rural areas.