The caste survey in Bihar hands Opposition parties a timely electoral plank to woo the significant OBC vote, even as the BJP dismisses it as a mere ploy to divide the Hindu electorate
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (left) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi; (Photos: Getty Images, ANI)
It’s truly game on for Election 2024. Just as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was basking in the afterglow of having pulled off a successful G20 summit, the Canada chapter only a minor blip in the narrative, and bowled a googly with the Women’s Reservation Bill in a special session of Parliament, which sent his personal popularity ratings soaring, Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal (United) patriarch Nitish Kumar has hit a sixer that has the BJP stumped for the moment. On October 2, the birth anniversary of the man who championed the cause of the Harijan, Nitish chose to make public the results of the Bihar Jaati Adharit Ganana, or the Bihar caste-based census. Though couched as a victory for social justice, there was no disguising the political nature of the move.