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JD(U) offers ‘unconditional support’ to BJP but demands Agnipath fixes, caste census, UCC discussions with stakeholders

While offering “unconditional support” to the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA, JDU senior leader K.C. Tyagi said that his party wanted the shortcomings in the ‘Agnipath’ scheme to be discussed in detail and removed, the Uniform Civil Code to be discussed with stakeholders before implementation, and a nationwide caste census to be conducted.

“A section of voters has been upset over the Agniveer scheme. Our party wants those shortcomings which have been questioned by the public to be discussed in detail and removed,” he said.

The Agnipath Scheme in the Indian Armed Forces is a scheme where selected candidates will be enrolled as Agniveers for a four-year period. Based on organisational requirements and policies promulgated by the Armed Forces, Agniveers after completing their engagement period will be offered an opportunity to apply for enrolment in the permanent cadre. Of these up to 25% of Agniveers will be selected to be enrolled in the Armed Forces as a regular cadre.

“We are not against the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), but we reckon that it should be discussed with all the stakeholders including the states, Chief Ministers and political parties”, Tyagi said.

He added: “A caste census is being demanded by all. Bihar has paved the way for it. Even the Prime Minister did not oppose the caste census, so we will pursue it.”

“There is no pre-condition. There is unconditional support. But Bihar should be given a special status. That is something which we have in our heart… ” said K.C. Tyagi.

As per the results announced by the Election Commission of India on Tuesday, the BJP won 240 seats and along with its allies, it stands at 293 seats. Nitish Kumar’s JDU won 12 seats in Bihar, extended support to the NDA.

The INDIA alliance, in their election campaign, launched a sharp attack against the Agnipath scheme, promised a caste census if elected, and many members of the INDIA bloc opposed the Uniform Civil Code. On the other hand, Modi’s Hindutva party focused on the Uniform Civil Code as their main election promise, denied the allegations against Agnipath, and remained silent on the caste census.

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