Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-04-11 16:23 Bengaluru: The much-talked caste census – initiated by the Siddaramaiah government – has revealed that the state has 1.08 crore dalit population, giving a major boost to the Congress government’s Ahinda agenda. The census was conducted by the State Backward Commission and the report will be submitted in May. Also, Among SCs, Madigas constitute 33 lakh, Chalavadi 29 lakh and in STs, Valmiki community 33 lakh.According to sources, while Muslims stand in the second position with 75 lakh population, Lingayats are placed in the third position with 59 lakh population pushing Vokkaliga community – a dominant in the state – to fourth position with just 49 lakh population. They are followed by Kurubas – to which Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also belongs to – with 43.5 lakh population. Besides, Edigas comprise 14 lakh population, Brahmins 13 lakh.This is a major push for Siddaramaiah-led Congress government, as dalits and minorities are its major vote bank. The survey report might bring disappointment to JD(S) camp as the Gowda community – party’s majority vote share – is placed next only to Lingayat community in the state. BJP which is planning for a comeback in the state and appointed Lingayat strongman BS Yeddyurappa to carry out its mission, recently, need to work hard as they are in the third position, next only to minorities – considered the Congress’ vote bank.The caste survey is said to be a master plan of CM Siddaramaiah to counter opposition parties in terms of vote bank politics. As expected, the report has brought much-needed cheers to the Congress, who now plan to use it effectively to take forward the Ahinda agenda. Besides, with dalits topping the state population, the demand for a dalit chief minister – among Congress leaders – might be revived again.