Nearly half of the 312 law officers appointed by Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh on 7 July belong to the Brahmin caste. The reason can be any, but it clearly displays a severe case of casteism.
This move is seen as a bid by the ruling dispensation to appease the sentiments of Brahmins who are said to be enraged after five of their caste brethren were killed in Rae Bareli last month. The move is also seen as an attempt by Adityanath, who is a Thakur by caste, to correct a perceptible tilt towards Thakurs in government appointments ever since he became chief minister early this year.
Brahmins dominate all the five categories of law officer appointed by Yogi Adityanath. The categories include chief standing counsels, additional chief standing counsels, standing counsels, brief holders (civil) and brief holders (criminal). Brahmins account for three out of four newly-appointed chief standing counsels, 13 out of 25 additional chief standing counsels, 58 out of 103 standing counsels, 36 out of 66 brief holders (civil) and 42 out of 114 brief holders (criminal).
Members of other backward classes account for more than 40% of the state population. However, they have been given little consideration. Only 16 lawyers from the Other Backward Classes, or nearly 5% of the appointees, fits in the list of newly appointed.
Besides 152 members from the Brahmin caste, the list also has an overwhelming presence of lawyers from other so-called upper castes. A total of 282 law officers, constituting over 90% of the new appointees, belong to castes like Brahmins, Thakurs, Bhumihars, Kayasthas, and Vaishyas.