Muzaffarpur. Begusarai MP Giriraj Singh had reached Muzaffarpur to attend a function organized in the memory of farmer leader Swami Shraddhanand Saraswati. During this, he described Swami Shraddhanand Saraswati as belonging to Bhumihar caste and said that he used to walk with the Jamaat (society). The flamboyant BJP leader was also asked about the caste census being conducted by the state government in Bihar. On this, he said that we have no problem with the number of employees, but in this the caste division among Muslims should be kept in mind. Apart from this, if Bangladeshi infiltrators join this exercise, we will strongly oppose it.
The headcount, for which the chief minister’s JD(U) and his arch rival Lalu Prasad’s RJD are claiming credit, wants to placate the OBCs, who are numerically powerful and have implemented the Mandal Commission recommendations three decades ago. Since leaving, he has dominated politics in Bihar. The BJP, which is seen primarily as a party of upper caste Hindus, had expressed some objections at the all-party meeting. After which the cabinet approval was received for the counting of employees earlier this month.
The first argument of the ruling BJP at the Center and supporting the ruling party in the state was that upper caste Muslims should not be allowed to take advantage of the OBC quota by misinforming them about their socio-economic status. The second argument was that illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, who are rumored to be in large numbers in the Seemanchal region close to the neighboring country, should be excluded from the exercise. Lest they start claiming to be citizens and demanding related benefits.
Tags: Caste Census, Giriraj Singh
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 27, 2022, 14:42 IST