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Yogi says ‘No’ to caste census in UP

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Thursday, said the state government has no plans to conduct a caste census in the state.

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“The subject matter of census is mentioned at number 69 of the Union List of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. Census Act 1948 and Census Rules 1990 have been made by the Government of India for census work under which the work of census is done by the Government of India,” he said in a written reply to a question asked by Samajwadi Party member Sangram Yadav.

The Samajwadi Party, which has been demanding a ‘caste census’ in the state, had included the issue in its manifesto for the 2022 assembly polls.

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The issue will be top on the Samajwadi Party’s poll plank for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls as part of party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s new formula – the PDA (Pichada, Dalit, Alpsankhyak) that is backward, Dalits, and minorities – chiefly Muslims.

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