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Last Update: May 04, 2023, 22:57 IST
Nitish Kumar The Bihar government on Thursday came under fire from the opposition BJP, which sought its resignation, over the Patna High Court’s stay on the caste survey.
However, Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav insisted that the court had given an “interim order” and castes would be enumerated in all states of the country.
“We cannot comment much without studying the order. As per the information we have, this is an interim order and not a final order. After perusing the order, the government will think about options like going in appeal”, said Yadav, who has been vocal in demanding a caste census since his RJD was in opposition.
Soon after the court ordered a stay on the survey, setting July 7 as the next date of hearing in the case, state BJP president Samrat Chowdhary told reporters, “The entire government headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should resign as it is defending itself before the Patna High Court”.
“The ruling Grand Alliance falsely accuses the BJP of opposing the survey. The survey was ordered when we were in power in the state. Chowdhary told that when the resolutions were passed in the state legislature, we had voted in favor of the caste survey.
However, Yadav said, “If the BJP was really in favor of the survey, the Center would have agreed to do it as part of the census. Or, at least order a similar exercise in the states ruled by it.” Would.”
The CPI(ML) Liberation, which supports the Grand Alliance government from outside, termed the High Court’s order as “unfortunate”.
The party’s state secretary Kunal said in a statement, “The survey is very necessary as no caste census has been conducted after 1931 and a new estimation of the numbers of different social groups to make reservation and other schemes for weaker sections more effective.” Guessing is necessary”. ,
“We are hopeful that when the High Court takes up the matter for further hearing, the government will present its arguments in a better manner and remove the loopholes,” Kunal said.
Meanwhile, former Union minister Upendra Kushwaha, who had quit the JD(U) a few months back to form a new outfit and is likely to join the NDA, alleged that the High Court order has “set the social order of Nitish Kumar”. exposed its inability to move forward.” Justice Movement”.
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