Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday supported the demand for holding a caste-wise census in the country, saying it would pave way for devising plan for all round growth of backward castes and extremely-backward class people.

“I fully support the view for a caste-wise national census and in fact, the JD(U) has stuck to this stand since 1990,” Mr. Kumar told reporters here, before leaving for Madhubani in his second leg of ‘Biswas Yatra’ to elicit people’s opinions on the performance of his government.

“The caste-wise census will identify the numbers of backward class and extremely-backward people paving way for devising plan for their all-round growth,” he said.

Asked about his comment on BJP leader Ananth Kumar’s objectionable remark against Lalu Prasad on Wednesday, the Chief Minister cautiously replied, “It should be better if things are placed in the Parliament in a decent manner without hurting each others’ feelings and sentiments.”

Mr. Kumar, who later arrived in Madhubai for the second phase of the Yatra, visited Laukaha village where he inspected the progress in construction work of a bridge and ordered the authorities to complete the construction by June end.

He also inspected a health centre and a State-run school, besides visiting a post office used for distribution of money under the welfare schemes.