RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav said on Wednesday he would write to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to lobby the demand for CBO staff with the help of the state’s own resources, since the Center closed its doors to the caste census.
Yadav, who is the leader of the opposition in the State Assembly, made a statement to this effect during an interview with reporters outside the House, where the winter session is taking place.
“Union Minister Nityanand Rai reiterated yesterday that the census schedule will not include castes other than SC and ST. So a state-specific exercise is the only option left before Bihar, ” he said.
Admitting that the chief minister acted on his request during the monsoon session, which resulted in an all-party delegation calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to insist on the request for a caste census, Yadav alleged that Kumar had dragged his feet lately.
“The Center clearly expressed its intentions a long time ago. The CM said it would convene an all-party meeting to discuss how to conduct the state-level inquiry after the by-elections to a few seats in the assembly. Almost a month has passed since the by-elections. There should be no procrastination, ” the RJD leader said.
The CBOs have dominated politics in Bihar since Mandal’s churn in the 1990s to which Nitish Kumar, de facto leader of JD (U) and Tejashwi’s father, Lalu Prasad, owe their rise.
Unanimous resolutions have been passed by the state legislature twice in favor of a caste census, which advocates say will pave the way for better disbursement of social justice and welfare regimes.
Yadav was also questioned about the fact that the chief minister was offended, the day before, by his habit of posting on social networks letters he had written to the latter.
“I always only do this after making sure the letter has been received. What is wrong with that? It’s just a way to ensure that moral pressure is put on the CM to act quickly on an issue since it’s in the public domain, ” the 32-year-old tech-savvy leader said.
Referring to empty alcohol bottles found on the premises of the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, Yadav said: “It proves what we have always said: the ban in Bihar is a joke.” How else could these bottles have been smuggled into Bihar, in the first place, from another state? They had to go through many checkpoints before reaching Patna and landing inside the premises, ” added the former CM deputy.
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