Amid the caste census controversy, Bihar-based Rashtriya Janta Dal on Saturday sought cooperation from leaders across the political parties in the country on the matter.
Leader of Opposition in Bihar assembly and senior Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav wrote letters to 33 senior leaders, including chief ministers, seeking caste census.
Last week, the Narendra Modi-government had informed the Supreme Court that it is not feasible to conduct a caste census.
In a tweet, Tejashwi said that he had written to several senior leaders about shared apprehensions and responsibilities over the ongoing demand for socio-economic and caste census and the apathy of the Centre towards the same.
In his tweet, he also attached his letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
In his letter to the political leaders, the RJD leader said that caste-based census needed to be viewed as an essential step in nation-building.
Tejashwi said that the caste census could bring to the forefront the pressing concerns that a country like India must attend to with a sense of urgency.
Calling it a historic opportunity to push for an agenda that is essential for making this country egalitarian, the RJD leader said that a caste-based census would ensure social harmony and social cohesion.