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CAA, NPR and NRC unconstitutional, says oppn; ‘Pak must be happy,’ counters BJP | India News


NEW DELHI: The opposition parties, led by the Congress, passed a resolution against the amended Citizenship Act and National Population Register (NPR) on Monday, calling them part of an “unconstitutional package” that targets the poor and downtrodden. In a firm rebuttal, the BJP said that the opposition resolution against the law must have made Pakistan happy since it was a chance to expose Islamabad.
In a meeting convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, 20 opposition parties deliberated upon the current political situation in the country, following widespread protests against the amended Citizenship Act and the violence on campuses.
The opposition parties said that CAA, NPR and NRC is a package that is unconstitutional, which specifically targets the poor, the downtrodden, the SC/STs and the linguistic and religious minorities.
“The NPR is the basis for the NRC. We demand the withdrawal of the CAA and the immediate stoppage of the nationwide NRC/NPR,” the opposition resolution said.
Hitting back, Union law minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the opposition resolution will make Pakistan very happy since the legislation was a chance to expose Islamabad’s “barbaric treatment” of minorities.
He added said the Opposition ended up “unnecessarily” attacking the Modi government in the process.
Taking a dig over some parties skipping the meeting, the Union law minister said the opposition unity stood “exposed”.
“Opposition unity stands exposed as major parties like SP, BSP, TMC and AAP kept away (from a meeting convened by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi). The resolution is neither in national interest nor in the interest of security. It is also not in the interest of those minorities who fled neighbouring countries to escape persecution,” Prasad told reporters.
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