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BJP Does Not Want To Give Rights To OBC In Proportion To Their Population: Akhilesh Yadav

The Center told the Supreme Court that collection of Other Backward Class (OBC) information in census 2021 is not feasible

Mumbai: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday slammed the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) saying the ruling party is not in favour of giving OBC their ‘right proportional to their population’.

In a Tweet, Akhilesh Yadav said, “By rejecting the longstanding demand for enumeration of ‘OBC’ society, the BJP government has proved that it does not want to count the ‘Other Backward Classes’ because it does not want to give rights to the OBCs in proportion to their population.”

“The BJP, which is a supporter of money and power has been opposed through social justice from the beginning,” he alleged further.

These allegations come days after the Center told the Supreme Court that the collection of Other Backward Class (OBC) information in census 2021 is not feasible.

Earlier, the leader of the opposition in the Bihar assembly Tejashwi Yadav also questions the Center’s affidavit and asked that if not allowing the caste census was indeed a conscious decision of the BJP, then why did its MLAs in Bihar agree to pass the proposal favouring caste census?

He added, “we are currently waiting for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s reaction and statements on the matter. We have given him 2-3 days for that. Only after that, our action plan will be decided.”

The central government submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Thursday saying the exclusion of any caste other than Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe from the purview of the upcoming 2021 census is a “conscious policy decision” taken by the Central government.

The centre in an affidavit in the Supreme Court said that the census of the backward class is “administratively difficult” and will suffer both on account of completeness and accuracy.

The affidavit of the Central government was filed on a plea of the Maharashtra Government asking to share census data of OBCs by the centre in 2011-13.

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