Now there will be caste census across the country? After Nitish-Naidu's stature increased, Modi faces a big challenge

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi : After not being able to achieve the magical figure of 272 alone, the coalition government formed with the allies of BJP will face a big challenge in conducting the census, especially the caste census. The challenge is because the NDA government led by acting Prime Minister Narendra Modi never openly refused to do so. But it was also not in favor of conducting the caste census. Now that the results have come, all the equations have changed. In such a situation, it will be a big challenge for the new government formed under the leadership of Narendra Modi to conduct the caste census along with its allies. Whether BJP wants it or not, some allies in the census will definitely be in favor of conducting the caste census. The work of delimitation can start only after the census is done.

The issue of caste census will gain momentum again

In this matter, in July 2021, the government was asked a question on caste census in Parliament. Responding to which, the government had said that in the census, only SC-ST will be counted as before. That is, the government has no intention of counting OBC and other castes. The Bihar government also conducted caste census in its state in October 2023 and released the data. The opposition was constantly targeting the Modi government for not being ready to conduct caste census. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had also cornered the government several times on this issue.

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When was the first census conducted?

Whereas after 2011, for the first time in 150 years, the country did not conduct a census after 10 years. While the first census in the country was conducted in 1872 during the time of British Viceroy Lord Mayo. However, the first complete census in India was conducted in 1881. Since then it has been conducted every 10 years. After 1949, it started being conducted by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India under the Union Home Ministry.

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Big challenge before the new government

The last census in the country was conducted in 2011. After this, it was to be conducted in 2021. But it was postponed due to the Corona epidemic. The opposition kept demanding a caste census in it. But the government was not in favor of it. On 20 September 2023, Acting Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said during the discussion on the Women's Reservation Bill that the work of census and delimitation would be done after the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. In such a situation, now after the formation of the new government, the first big challenge before the government will be to conduct caste census in this census as well.

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