JD-U to make caste census a poll issue in Bihar



New Delhi: Ahead of the Bihar Assembly polls, JD-U President Sharad Yadav today sought to make the caste-based census an election issue by saying it was a bad decision of the government to conduct another census after the completion of the ongoing exercise to count caste.

"The Cabinet decision on caste census is very bad. The Government has decided to conduct another census after the completion of the ongoing census in order to count caste. We register our objection to this decision," he told a press conference here.

Demanding immediate review of the decision, he alleged that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who had made the commitment that caste would be included in the census, have failed to keep their word.

Yadav demanded that the Cabinet should review the decision immediately and include caste in the ongoing census exercise itself to get all figures and to avoid the wastage of money, time and effort in a separate caste count.

Bowing to demands by several political parties, the government had last week decided to carry out a caste census next year independent of the ongoing census operations.

The JD-U, RJD and Samajwadi Party were in the forefront of the demand for inclusion of caste in the current census.

PTI