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UP Opposition Demands Assembly Resolution for Caste-Based Census

Bihar Assembly has already passed a resolution for the same.

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The Uttar Pradesh Opposition parties on Friday, 28 February, mooted in the state assembly for passing a resolution for a caste-based census in 2021 on the lines of one passed by the Bihar legislature.

The BSP, Congress and Samajwadi Party leaders raised the demand for passing a resolution to this effect during the Zero Hour of the House, arguing that a caste-based census would lead to better implementation of various developmental schemes.

Ram Govind Chaudhary of the Samajwadi Party raised the demand for the caste-based census arguing that backward classes people were being denied their rights for which it was required that the forms that need to be filled for the census should carry a proper column for people's caste.

BSP's Lalji Verma and Aradhana Misra of the Congress too raised similar demand.

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The Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna expressing the government's inability in this regard, pointed out that it was not a state issue.

At this, Chaudhary cited the cases when similar moves had been made by the state assembly in the past during Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav-led SP governments.

Chaudhary recalled when the Backward Caste Commission was constituted, the then prime minister had made a promise in this regard and asked what the problem was in doing so.

He also made a mention of the Bihar Assembly passing a similar resolution in this regard.

When Speaker Hridya Narain Dikshit refused to allow them to speak, the SP members staged a walkout raising anti-government slogans.

Bihar Assembly has already passed a resolution for the same.

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