News Karnataka
Saturday, February 24 2024
Politics

Congress Rift: Kharge’s Outburst Unveils Caste Census Discord

Congress
Photo Credit : Google

Congress President Mallikarjun M. Kharge’s public outburst against Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar reveals the party’s weaknesses on the divisive caste census issue. Shivakumar, the president of the state Congress, has signed a petition against caste censuses, despite the Congress party’s national and Karnataka positions advocating for them.

When Kharge was prodded in the Rajya Sabha by BJP member Sushil Kumar Modi over the internal dispute within the Congress, he responded, “All upper caste people are united on this. Shivakumar is also opposing it, BJP is also opposing it. Both are one on this issue. Upper caste people will be united internally.”

Karnataka’s Caste Census Report

Though Karnataka was the first  state to hold a caste census in the country during Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s earlier term between 2013 and 2018, Bihar was the first to release the report of the survey it had conducted. Bihar’s census data showed that while upper castes comprised only 15 percent, the “marginalised” classes  made up 85 percent of the population.

While the Karnataka report was never made public, the data which was leaked in 2018 indicated that Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes constituted a majority of the population. Ever since the formation of the state in 1956, Vokkaligas and Lingayats had assumed political superiority by the virtue of their assumed numerical dominance which was not based on any empirical data.

Read More

Nitish Kumar’s Remarks Hurt Congress in 3 States: Chirag Paswan

Share this:
MANY DROPS MAKE AN OCEAN
Support NewsKarnataka's quality independent journalism with a small contribution.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Find the best odds at 10Cric and IPL Betting 2023! Signup today and get up to a 100% deposit bonus.

To get the latest news on WhatsApp