Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister
Mayawati on Saturday demanded inclusion of caste in the census
which would help in drawing welfare schemes for the weaker
In a letter written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
she stressed on caste based census in order to ensure
academic, social and economic development of the deprived
She slammed Congress, BJP and other political
parties for depriving the backwards of their rights by
denying caste-based census since Independence.
"With an aim to maintain their hold over power they
conspired to deprive the other backward castes (OBC) of their
rights by denying caste-based census since Independence", she
said in an official statement.
She claimed that on her directives the BSP members
were the first to raise the issue of caste-based census in the
Parliament. Other parties were now trying to take credit for
it, she added.
Earlier, Lalu Prasad, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lok
Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan had demanded
inclusion of caste in the census.
On May 7, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured
the Lok Sabha that governmentt would take a decision shortly
in the matter.