Mayawati slams BJP for Centre’s refusal to hold OBC census

LUCKNOW: The political war over a census for the other backward classes (OBCs) has heated up after the Centre submitted in the Supreme Court that inclusion of the category in ongoing census at this stage was not possible. BSP chief Mayawati hit out at the BJP on Friday, a day after the Centre’s submission, saying that the refusal to have a census shows that BJP continues to remain against the community and the backlog in government jobs reserved for the category would remain pending.
The long-pending demand of the community has been gathering steam in the recent months with several states, including BJP allies, and Opposition parties in UP bidding to outdo each other for the OBC vote bank ahead of the 2022 elections. In response to the Centre’s affidavit calling the OBC census at this point “administratively extremely complex” which will “not yield accurate information” and adding that the “raw data of 2011 socio economic caste census is also flawed”, Mayawati said: “The outright refusal by the Centre to carry out an OBC census is extremely serious and very worrying. It exposes BJP’s electoral interests in the OBC politics and shows the difference between what they are claiming and what they are doing.”
She added like SCs and STs, the demand for separate census for OBCs had been gathering steam in the country but the Centre’s stand had dashed their hopes and because of that, the backlog in appointments to government jobs under reservation for OBCs would continue to get delayed.

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