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  • BJP should re-think its strategy. Modi should publicly contradict Home Minister Shah’s pledge to force a NRC.

    The Left government in Kerala is set to inform the Union government about its non-cooperation with any official procedures regarding the updation of the National Population Register (NPR). A special cabinet headed by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took the decision.

    Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha asserted that the economy was passing through its "worst-ever crisis" due to the "death of demand" in sectors. He was speaking on the sidelines of his "Gandhi Shanti Yatra" against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). Sinha served as finance minister of India during 1998-2002.

    Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has maintained that less than five lakh people will be eligible to apply under the CAA, and those who are saying that one crore people will come to Assam will have to tender apology to public after the application process is wrapped up.

    He said the ongoing protests across the country against some decisions of the Centre were a way for people to vent out their "suffocation". The politician-activist was addressing a rally in Bhiwandi town here on Saturday night to oppose CAA, the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR).

    The petition filed by West Bengal resident Israrul Haque Mondal has also challenged changes made in the passport and foreigner rules of 2015 and 2016, allowing non-Muslim refugees from Pak, Bangladesh and Afghanistan fleeing religious prosecution to stay on even though they may have entered the country illegally.

    Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met Union Home Minister Amit Shah last week and made a request to keep a limited period window for applying under the CAA and also incorporate some other Assam specific provisions in the CAA rules.

    Assam finance minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said no one can give proof of religious persecution or fear of religious persecution however a person who will apply for Citizenship under Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) must give some evidence that he was in Assam prior to 2014.

    The Kerala government has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act and has sought to declare it as ultra vires the Constitution.

    Leader of Opposition in the Assembly and Congress member Ramesh Chennithala alleged the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan going ahead with the steps to implement the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. His remark came just a few days after the Left government moved the Supreme Court against the said Act.

    An editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said while the BJP-led central government was busy bringing legislation like the Citizenship Amendment Act, it was silent on issues plaguing people like rising prices of vegetables, other food items and lack of jobs. The Sena also held policies of the Centre responsible for the "continued lowering" of the country's growth rate.

    In a gazette notification, the Union home ministry said the act under which non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be given Indian citizenship, will come into force from January 10.

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