New Delhi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday termed his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on caste-based census ‘positive’.
‘The meeting with PM on caste census was positive. We have put forth our point of view, waiting for government’s response,’ Kumar said after a ten-party delegation from Bihar met Modi here.
The Janata Dal(United) leader said a caste-based census will help in formulating development plans effectively.
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav said the opposition has always supported the government on pro-people, pro-nation measures.
He was replying to a question on whether RJD and JD(U) were coming closer.
Talking to media ahead of the meeting, Yadav had said such a census would the help government in formulating better schemes.
“It will benefit people not just from Bihar, but also from other parts of the country,” Yadav said.
The demand for a caste-based census has come from several quarters for a count of people in different backward classes.
Apart from the leaders from Bihar, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and BJP ally Apna Dal’s Anupriya Patel are among those who have asked for it.
The demand was also raised by several political parties during a debate in Parliament on a constitutional amendment bill to restore states’ power to have their own OBC lists in the recently concluded Monsoon session.