West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that her party would accept a nation-wide caste-based census if all political parties reach a consensus on the matter.
The Trinamool Congress supremo’s statement came at the backdrop of a 10-party delegation from Bihar headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to push for a caste-based census.
“When there will be a discussion and if a consensus is reached, I will not have any problem accepting it. I will not fight if all political parties and states reach a consensus. Let political parties, the CMs and the Central government reach a consensus,” she said.
Mamata added, “Nitish-ji has put up his questions on this issue. Let’s see how others react to it.”
The Bharatiya Janata Party leadership has so far not taken a categorical stand on the issue which has been lapped up by a number of regional parties, many of them its rivals in different states.