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SP wants 17 castes in SC category.

THE Samajwadi Party ( SP) has written to the Centre to include the 17 most backwards castes ( MBC) in the Scheduled Caste ( SC) category.

This has been an exercise that both the SP and the BSP have been doing for over a decade but none are honest enough to make it a reality.

Earlier in 2008, then chief minister Mayawati had demanded from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to include these most backward castes in the SC category.

But she had criticised a similar recommendation by Mulayam Singh Yadav, when he was the chief minister in 2005.

The SP government had also passed an ordinance in the assembly in 2005. However, it didn't press upon the government to consider the demand, which gave Mayawati a reason to call it an eyewash.

The castes included in the MBC category are Rajbhar, Nishad, Bind, Manjhi, Mallah, Kahanr, Kashyap, Dhimar, Prajapati, Kewat, Turaha, Gaurt among others.

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