Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Saturday demanded inclusion of caste in the census which would help in drawing welfare schemes for the weaker sections.
In a letter written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, she stressed on caste based census in order to ensure academic, social and economic development of the deprived groups.
She slammed Congress, BJP and other political parties for depriving the backwards of their rights by denying caste-based census since Independence.
"With an aim to maintain their hold over power they conspired to deprive the other backward castes (OBC) of their rights by denying caste-based census since Independence", she said in an official statement.
She claimed that on her directives the BSP members were the first to raise the issue of caste-based census in the Parliament. Other parties were now trying to take credit for it, she added.
Earlier, Lalu Prasad, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan had demanded inclusion of caste in the census.
On May 7, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured the Lok Sabha that governmentt would take a decision shortly in the matter