Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday confirmed that he’ll search an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to debate the difficulty of a caste-based census. Kumar, who’s the de facto chief of the JD(U), nevertheless, asserted that divergent stands adopted by his get together and the BJP, which heads the Union authorities, on the difficulty is not going to have an effect on the coalition.
“There will probably be no impression (on the coalition). The bicameral legislature in Bihar has handed resolutions twice in help of a caste-based census. All events had voted in favour on each events,” Kumar informed reporters right here upon return from New Delhi. Leaders of the five-party opposition Grand Alliance, led by RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, had met the CM over the difficulty not too long ago.
The chief minister stated, “Tomorrow I’ll take day off to jot down to the prime minister and search an appointment. An inventory of those that may accompany me can even be enclosed.” Notably, the Centre had not too long ago knowledgeable Parliament that it was pondering of holding a census just for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, triggering vehement demand in Bihar that the identical should embody OBCs who dominate the state’s politics. The chief minister additionally sought to make gentle of a remark made by senior JD(U) chief Upendra Kushwaha earlier within the day that Nitish Kumar is a Prime Minister materials.
I’ve little interest in off-hand remarks,” stated Kumar although he additionally refuted speculations that Kushwaha, who’s the chairman of the get together’s parliamentary board, was upset over Lok Sabha MP Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan turning into the nationwide president. Lalan was elected to the highest submit on the JD(U) nationwide government assembly held in New Delhi on Saturday. He changed RCP Singh who stepped down in view of his induction into the Union cupboard.
There isn’t any disaffection amongst get together leaders on the difficulty. Yesterday, all senior leaders, together with Kushwaha, gave speeches welcoming the transfer. Lalan is one in every of our senior-most leaders,” Kumar stated. Notably, Lalan grew to become the primary higher caste chief to carry the highest submit within the get together that grew out of the Mandal churn.
Kushwaha, an previous however rebellious affiliate of Kumar, returned to the JD(U) a number of months in the past and merged his Rashtriya Lok Samata Party. He was elevated to the important thing get together submit in a gesture that gave the impression to be aimed on the Bihar chief minister’s makes an attempt to consolidate his Kurmi-Kushwaha base within the wake of poor efficiency of the JD(U) within the meeting polls final 12 months.