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Bihar caste census: 'PM Modi to take appropriate decision', says Deputy CM Samrat Choudhary

Bihar caste census: Samrat Choudhary said that BJP had supported the caste census in Bihar and is not against it. Home Minister Amit Shah also said we are not against it. A decision will be taken at an appropriate time.

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu Gwalior Updated on: June 23, 2024 22:12 IST
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Image Source : SAMRAT CHOUDHARY (X) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Samrat Choudhary.

Bihar caste census: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Samrat Choudhary today (June 23) dubbed the Congress and I.N.D.I.A bloc anti-reservation and claimed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had supported a caste survey exercise in the eastern state.

Speaking to media in Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take an appropriate decision (regarding conducting a caste census).

“The BJP had supported caste census there (in Bihar) and is not against it. The home minister (Amit Shah) also said we are not against it. A decision will be taken at an appropriate time. The Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) will decide in this regard”, Choudhary said when asked about the BJP's stand on conducting caste census.

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Queried on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on NEET paper 'leak' and reservations, Choudhary said Rahul didn't know what he was saying.

"Rahul's father (late prime minister) Rajiv Gandhi had opposed the implementation of the Mandal Commission. When BR Ambedkar gave reservations to Dalits and tribals in 1952, Jawaharlal Nehru opposed it".

Terming the Congress and the I.N.D.I.A bloc as anti-reservation, Choudhary said (Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder) Shyama Prasad Mookerjee had supported the reservation for Dalits and tribals.

"Ex-prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani had also supported the Mandal Commission," he claimed.

Acknowledging that poverty remains a concern though all sections of society are under the reservation system, Choudhary said PM Modi is working to find a solution. The Bihar Deputy CM said he would remove his turban in Lord Ram temple in Ayodhya on July 2.

Choudhary, when in Opposition, had resolved to remove his turban only after dethroning Nitish Kumar as the chief minister.

"However, the BJP extended its support to Kumar and made him CM again. I will offer my turban to Lord Ram in support of BJP and Bihar," he added.

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