VHP opposes caste-based census

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Friday opposed caste-based census saying it would strengthen casteist forces and lead to discrimination.

Updated: May 14, 2010, 15:54 PM IST

Madurai: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Friday opposed caste-based census saying it would strengthen casteist forces and lead to discrimination.

"There should not be caste-based discrimination. There was no caste based census after 1931, why should the government revive it now?" VHP international general secretary
Pravin Togadia asked.

Talking to reporters here, he also opposed any move to provide reservation for Muslims and Christians saying it is unconstitutional.

"Constitution did not provide for religion-based quota and VHP would mobilise students, unemployed youths and caste associations for launching a countrywide movement against any attempt to provide reservation to minorities," he said.

Pointing out that 50 percent reservation had been made for SCs, STs and OBCs, the VHP leader wondered from where the government would provide further reservation.

VHP would not allow the existing reservation to be "snatched" for providing quota to minorities. "We have charted out an action plan to counter the government move," he said.

On demands for reservation for Christian dalits, he said, "let Christians admit openly to the international community that caste system and discrimination do exist in their
religion."

PTI