Shiv Sena (UBT) Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday said caste survey is the need of the hour and claimed every segment of society in the country as well as the opposition INDIA bloc were in favour of it. The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar recently announced results of its caste survey, which showed that 84 pr cent of the state’s population belong to backward classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
“The caste survey took place in Bihar, it will happen in Rajasthan and there is demand for it in Maharashtra as well. Caste survey is the need of the hour and all sections of society and the INDIA alliance are in favour of it,” Raut told reporters. Speaking on the ’wagh nakh’, the tiger claw-shaped weapon of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, that the Maharashtra government has said will be brought to the state from the United Kingdom, Raut said even descendants of the legendary warrior-king have doubts on its authenticity.
”It may belong to that era. But we have tremendous respect for it. The Bharatiya Janata Party is indulging in emotional politics. People will use the wagh nakh to attack the Eknath Shinde government in the elections,” he claimed. To a query on BJP president JP Nadda criticising regional parties, Raut said, ”How did the NDA happen? All parties are regional. The BJP will also become a regional party in some time. There are 12 states where the BJP is not present.” The country’s politics will run on the strength of regional parties in 2024, he said, adding Nadda must not forget the National Democratic Alliance government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee got formed with the help of such parties.
With inputs from News18