The Bihar Caste Survey has caused a major setback for the Nitish Kumar government after the Supreme Court (SC) refused to stay the Patna High Court (HC) order to conduct the survey. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has weighed in on the issue, saying that the SC’s refusal is a blow to the government’s efforts to maintain harmony and peace in the state.
The Bihar government had challenged the HC order, stating that it would prefer to conduct a socio-economic survey instead of a caste-based one. However, the SC’s refusal to stay the HC order now means that the state government must conduct the caste survey.
The survey, which aims to create a comprehensive database of castes in Bihar, has been a contentious issue, with some arguing that it will only increase caste-based divisions in the state. However, others argue that the survey is necessary to ensure that the benefits of affirmative action policies are properly distributed and that resources are allocated equitably.
The BJP has used the issue to criticize the Nitish government, saying that the survey is an attempt to divide and rule the people of Bihar. The party has also accused the government of carrying out the survey to create vote banks in the state.
Overall, the refusal of the SC to stay the HC order is a major setback for the Nitish government, which now must conduct the caste survey. While some argue that the survey is necessary for equitable distribution of resources, others fear that it will only entrench caste-based divisions in the state. As of now, it remains to be seen how the survey will play out and what impact it will have on the political landscape of Bihar.