The Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, reiterating his demand for caste-based census in the country, said that the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh should not backtrack from his assurance to the Parliament on the issue.
Addressing press conference here on Friday Yadav said that anti-Mandal forces in Union Cabinet had been creating hurdles in the matter. Yadav said caste based census was necessary for the proper implementation of reservation policy. He said almost all the parties, including a section in the Congress were in favour of the demand.
“Even in the Union Cabinet there was support to the demand”, Yadav said, adding the constitution of Group of Ministers (GOM) to look into the matter was meaningless. It would not serve any purpose, Yadav commented. It appeared to be a delaying tactic, Yadav said and added in Uttar Pradesh there were 17 castes which had no recognition. They were completely neglected lot, Yadav said.
“I am not asking for Yadav or Kurmis but for those who could not so far get social justice”, Yadav said.
The Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid also told newsmen here on Thursday that he was in favour of caste based census as it would help the Muslim community.
Yadav said after assuring the Lok Sabha the Prime Minister should not back track on the issue. He said that the exercise neither would have any additional burden on the exchequer nor any other extra work. Yadav said the officers had told him that only a column would be filled up.
He said the social injustice could be gauged from the fact that not even one percent officers from backward community were in Prime Minister Office or in central secretariat.
Referring to Chief Minister Mayawati’s support for caste based census, Yadav said the Samajwadi Party had been fighting for long on the issue. Yadav however refused to comment on OBC reservation in Parliament. “So far it is not on our agenda”, he said.
On joining Congress led-UPA government if Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee quits the alliance, Yadav denied making any such statement. “I am surprised from where this statement has come during Kolkata meeting of SP’s national executive”. Yadav said he was not in race for power at the centre. The SP had extended issued -based support to the UPA, he added.