New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that there is a need for a caste-based census in 2021. Talking to reporters in Patna, Kumar said, “There is a need of a caste-based census in 2021 in the country. A caste-based census will reveal many things. The last such census was conducted in 1931.”

Nitish Kumar’s statement comes at a time when Lok Sabha elections are around the corner.  Earlier in 2015, RJD chief Lalu Prasad had demanded that the caste-based census data should be made public.

“Centre should make the caste census public instead of withholding the data on the numerical strength of different castes,” Lalu had said adding that people have right to know it and every caste should know its strength and weakness in terms of population and other aspects.

Nitish Kumar said only a caste-based census will give the exact or the real population of a particular caste and their social condition. He added that reservation should be given according to the population of different castes.

Recently, reports said that the election commission is likely to announce the dates of upcoming Lok Sabha polls in the first week of March. The term of present Lok Sabha ends on June 3. The election will be held in 6 to 7 phases.

In 2014, the EC had announced the election schedule on March 5 and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May. While the first phase polling was on April 7, the last phase was on May 12.