As Rahul Gandhi's 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra' is passing through Bihar, the Congress leader gave his first statement on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's exit from INDI Alliance on Tuesday (30 January).
Gandhi alleged that Kumar makes a U-turn whenever he faces even a little pressure. He elaborated that the pressure he is talking about is of giving social justice, hinting towards caste census.
"The time has come for an X-ray of India to ascertain the caste-wise population in this country...The first step towards social justice is an X-ray of the country, an MRI can follow thereafter," Gandhi said.
The Congress leader said, "We (RJD and Congress) pressurised Nitish Kumar for caste census in Bihar but BJP doesn't want an X-ray. Nitish ji was stuck and BJP gave him an escape route."
He asserted that RJD and Congress' alliance will deliver social justice in Bihar and they don't need Nitish Kumar anymore.
Contrarily, the release of the caste survey report of Karnataka, where Congress is in power, is being delayed again and again. However, CM Siddaramaiah has assured now that the report will be accepted soon.
Also, acting upon the report, the Bihar Assembly passed 75 per cent reservation bill to increase the quota for OBCs and SCs. Contrary to Gandhi's claims, BJP's Bihar unit supported caste census and reservation hike.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
An appeal from Swarajya
At Swarajya, we rely on our readers' support through subscriptions to sustain our media platform. Unlike larger conglomerates, we are unable to relentlessly chase advertising money — our model is largely built on your patronage.
Your support has never been more crucial. We work tirelessly to deliver 10-15 high-quality articles daily, ensuring you receive insightful content from 7 AM to 10 PM.
If you believe India's story has to be articulated in a way it has never been done before without shrugging it off, become a patron (or) subscribe now for ₹̶2̶4̶0̶0̶ ₹1999 and get 12 print issues, unlimited digital access for 1 year, a special India that is Bharat T-shirt (Offer ends soon).
We are counting on you!