Patna (Bihar) [India], October 2 (ANI): Reacting to the caste-census report released by the Bihar government on Monday, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sushil Kumar Modi said that the BJP will first analyse the data given by the state government.
"BJP took the decision to conduct a caste-based survey in Bihar when the party was a part of the government.
Today the Bihar government has made the data public. BJP is analysing the data. We will make any comments on it only after analysing it," he said.
The Bihar government released caste survey data, with the figures that have ramifications for the Lok Sabha polls next year, showing that Other Backward Caste (OBC) and Extremely Backward Class (EBC) together account for 63 per cent of the state's population.
Bihar BJP President Samrat Choudhary also reacted to the caste survey released by the Bihar government and called the report "incomplete".
"This is an incomplete report. BJP is reviewing and analysing the data. It has been Lalu Ji's habit to spread communal disturbance. BJP has been a supporter of this survey," Choudhary said.
Earlier, after the Bihar Government released caste survey data, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reiterated his demands to give people rights based on their population.
He said that the caste census of the Bihar government shows the importance of knowing the caste statistics of the country.
"The caste census of Bihar has revealed that OBC SC ST are 84% there. Out of 90 secretaries of the Central Government, only 3 are OBC, who handle only 5% of India's budget! Therefore, it is important to know the caste statistics of India. The greater the population, the greater the rights- this is our pledge," Rahul Gandhi posted on 'X' (formerly Twitter).
The report of the caste-based survey conducted in Bihar was released at a press conference in the state capital.
"The extremely backward class is 36.01 per cent, the general category is 15.52 per cent and the Other Backward Caste (OBC) is 27 per cent," Vivek Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Bihar) said.
According to the data, Scheduled Castes make up 19.65 per cent and the Scheduled Tribes 1.68 per cent of the population of the state.
The data also said that the Hindus comprise 81.99 per cent of the population, Muslims 17.7 per cent, Christians 0.05 per cent, Sikhs 0.01 per cent, Buddhists 0.08 per cent and other religions 0.12 per cent.
The total population of Bihar is more than 13 crore. (ANI)