Sat. May 18th, 2024

Two days after the Bihar caste survey data was released, the BJP continued to insist that there were errors. Party MP Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed that no one had met him or his family to collect their information, despite him being a resident of Patna. The state public relations department countered, stating that his and his family’s data was collected according to norms. Prasad argued that the form required the head of the family’s signature, which was not taken.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav strongly reacted to Prasad’s comments, suggesting that those who had issues with the survey data should ask the Prime Minister to conduct a survey for the entire country. Yadav also accused the BJP of trying to have it both ways by both welcoming and criticizing the survey.

During a press conference, Prasad stated that even though his party supported the caste survey, no enumerator had approached him or his family to gather their information. He alleged that someone had asked a person outside their house for details and claimed that similar complaints had been received from various parts of the state. He also echoed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claims that the ruling coalition in Bihar had conducted the survey to create division in the country. Prasad demanded that the data be made public for transparency.

The state public relations department issued a rebuttal, stating that the MP’s information was collected in accordance with the established norms. They explained that the data could not be released due to privacy concerns.

Later, Prasad posted on X (formerly Twitter) that the signature of the house owner was required according to the caste survey form, and his signature was not taken. He alleged that many people had similar concerns.

Tejashwi Yadav responded to Prasad’s comments by pointing out that all parties in Bihar, including the BJP, had supported the caste survey. He criticized the BJP for both welcoming and criticizing the survey. Yadav suggested that if they had objections, they should ask PM Modi to conduct the survey for the entire country, or at least in Bihar. He also mocked the BJP for not being able to conduct the normal Census since 2021.

The data from the Bihar caste survey revealed that approximately 63.1% of the state’s population belonged to a backward class, and around 85% were members of a backward or extremely backward class, or a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe. The general category accounted for only 15.5% of the population. The Yadav community was the largest group among the Other Backward Classes, representing 14.27% of all OBCs.

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