After JD(U), BJP’s UP Ally Apna Dal Demands Caste-Based Census Ahead Of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls


After JD(U), BJP's UP Ally Demands Caste-Based Census Across India

Anupriya Patel was made Union minister in current cupboard enlargement of the Modi authorities. (File)

New Delhi:

With a watch on the Uttar Pradesh meeting elections subsequent yr, the BJP”s ally Apna Dal(S) on Sunday demanded a separate Union ministry for the welfare of the OBC and a caste-based census throughout the nation to determine the precise inhabitants of the group.

Apna Dal(S), an Uttar Pradesh-based celebration, is the second ally of the ruling BJP after the JD(U) which has raised the demand for a caste-based census.

The demand assumes significance simply months earlier than the meeting elections in Uttar Pradesh, the place the one largest chunk of voters belongs to the OBC class.

“Caste-based census is the need of the hour to ascertain the exact population of each segment, especially the other backward class (OBC),” the working president of Apna Dal(S) Ashish Patel informed PTI.

He stated the inhabitants of SC and ST have been calculated in all censuses post-Independence however not of the OBCs.

“As a result, there is no proper estimate of the OBC population. Therefore, I request the government that the next census should be caste-based to ascertain the exact population of each segment, especially the OBCs.

“This would be sure that the share of a specific caste phase is predicated on their inhabitants,” said Ashish Patel, the husband of Union Minister Anupriya Patel.

He said the party also demands that there should be a separate ministry for the welfare of the OBCs.

“On the traces of the Union Ministry for Minority Affairs, there needs to be a separate and devoted ministry for the welfare of the OBCs,” Ashish Patel stated.

Apna Dal(S) has been a constituent of the NDA since 2014. Anupriya Patel, the daughter of the celebration’s founder late Sonelal Patel, was made Union minister in current cupboard enlargement of the Narendra Modi authorities.

She hails from the Kurmi caste which falls within the OBC phase. Her celebration has affect in round 50 meeting seats, principally in japanese Uttar Pradesh.

Besides totally different political events, the National Commission for Backward Classes in April this yr had urged the federal government to gather knowledge on the inhabitants of OBCs as a part of the Census of India 2021 train.

The Union Home Ministry had in 2018 had envisaged gathering knowledge on OBCs for the primary time within the 2021 census.

However, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanad Rai, in a written reply to a query within the Rajya Sabha on March 10 this yr, stated that after Independence, India determined as a matter of coverage to not enumerate caste-wise inhabitants apart from that of the SCs and STs.

In the census, the castes and tribes which can be particularly notified as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as per the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950, and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950, are enumerated.

The 2021 census was scheduled to start out from April final yr however could not take off as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.


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