Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has demanded a caste-based census.
“The caste-based census will help in collecting information on people belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC), who has been so far kept away from the purview of development," said senior BJD leader Ranendra Pratap Swain.
“Caste-based census will ensure justice to the backward caste people. So all political parties in the State should join Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s clarion call for the caste-based census," he said.
Swain said that hike in reservation and caste census are two sides of a coin. “Many political parties and Chief Minister has extended their supports to Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik. NDA alliance has also extended their support to Naveen Pattnaik. Such as Nitish Kumar (JDU), Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal, Jitan Ram Manjhi of Hindusatn Awami Morcha(HAM), Mukesh Saini of VIP, Sanjay Nishank, Om Prakash Rajvar, A Ramdas Athwale of RPI, Pashupati Paras of LJP, AKhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party are the most vocal in support of the caste-based census," he added.
The demand for the caste-based census is gaining momentum in states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh also.