Not opposed to caste census but survey has to be scientific: Karnataka DyCM Shivakumar
Belagavi: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar on Tuesday clarified that he has not opposed the caste census at any point and anywhere.
“My stand is that the caste census survey must be conducted scientifically and in an organised manner,” he said in response to a question on Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s statement in Rajya Sabha that BJP leaders and Shivakumar are opposed to the caste census implementation.
Shivakumar stated that many MLAs have objected that the caste survey has not been conducted appropriately.
“There are complaints that door-to-door visits were not conducted during caste census. All communities should get their rights as per their population. Minorities, scheduled castes and others will demand funds and rights as per their population. We have sought clarification on whether the caste survey has been done scientifically,” he said.
“We have faith in social and economic surveys. I support the stand of Congress to provide social justice to all classes and communities. As per the Central government classification, I am also a leader from OBC communities. I have to see all classes of people equally as a state President of the party,” he added.
Asked about missing documents from the caste census records, Shivakumar maintained he didn’t know about this matter.
“I have spoken to the Chairman of the Backward Classes Commission Jayaprakash Hegde and got the information that the caste census report is not signed by the Member-Secretary.
“Without the signature of the Member-Secretary, how can the caste census report become legitimate is the question,” he underlined.
Asked about rumours of his joining the BJP with 50 to 60 MLAs after the Lok Sabha elections, he stressed that he is a Congressman by birth. “I am not mad to join another party. I have my principles. I have great confidence in the Gandhi family and the Congress. I can’t account for other statements in this regard. Let them talk, I won’t bother,” he stated.