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Bihar first NDA state to pass resolution against NRC, adopt 2010 NPR

While replying to the debate on the motion, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had reiterated his opposition to "additional clauses" having been inserted into the NPR. He told the house that the state government has written to the Centre requesting that these be dropped.

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Last Updated: Feb 26, 2020, 09.39 AM IST
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A strong opponent of National Register for Citizens (NRC) despite his alliance with the BJP, Kumar, however, disapproved of 'hauva' (bogey) of NRC being raised by the opposition despite PM's categorical statement that its countrywide implementation was not on the anvil.
New Delhi: Bihar assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution not to implement NRC in Bihar and that the National Population Register (NPR) should be implemented "in its 2010 form" with one amendment.

Replying to an adjournment motion on Citizens’ Amendment Act (CAA)-NPR-NRC, moved by leader of opposition Tejashwi Yadav and others, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who is also national president of the NDA’s ally JDU, told the House that his government has written a letter to the Centre “seeking omission of contentious clauses from NPR forms”. Kumar said his government sought introduction of a “transgenders” column in the form.

“Bihar assembly has passed unanimous resolution not to implement the NRC/NPR,” Yadav tweeted soon after.

Kumar suggested that the state government’s letter to the Centre about NPR could be treated as a resolution and passed unanimously by the House. He added there should not be any confusion about the exercise to be carried out in the state for NPR, making it clear that no one would be asked to furnish information like birthplace of parents.

The move is politically significant in view of the opposition parties’ continuous attempts to use the CAA, NPR and NRC as potential issues against the NDA, seven months ahead of the assembly polls in Bihar. CPI leader and former JNSU president Kanhaiya Kumar held a series of public meetings across the state in protest against the CAA and NRC.

The chief minister also urged the Opposition to refrain from creating a controversy over the citizenship law while it was being examined by the Supreme Court. He also appealed to the Opposition not to raise the “bogey” of the NRC despite the Prime Minister’s clarification that it was not on the anvil.

He proposed that the assembly pass a fresh “unanimous” resolution demanding that the census take into account populations of respective castes.

During the debate, the House witnessed uproarious scene. RJD and Congress leaders described the CAA as a “black law”, and the BJP members took strong objection to it.

Kumar also asked the Opposition to exercise restraint over the new citizenship law, saying that several top leaders of the Congress, as also Yadav's father Lalu Prasad, had spoken in favour of a law for granting citizenship to refugees which the CAA was all about.
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