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Bihar becomes the first NDA state to adopt an anti-NRC resolution | India News


PATNA: Bihar became the first state with an NDA government to unanimously adopt a resolution to adhere to the old National Population Registry (NPR) form, adopting only the transgender column of the new format recommended by the Ministry of Interior of the Union. The resolution, virtually a copy of CM Nitish Kumar’s response to the Center’s letter seeking comments on NPR, also states that “the National Citizen Registry (NRC) is not necessary in Bihar.”

None of the BJP members present at the assembly, the party has 54 MLA, opposed the resolution when President Vijay Kumar Choudhary sought to know if he had the consent of the opposition and government banks. “For the proper functioning of the Chamber, it was essential that this resolution be adopted unanimously,” Choudhary later told TOI.

Nitish clarified at the assembly that the Center had sought comments from all states on NPR, but took the opportunity to also communicate its government’s position in the NRC. “The Bihar government has informed the Center that the NPR format should be the same as in 2010, and that only the transgender column should be added. We have also reported that the NRC is not needed in Bihar, ”he said.

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Earlier in the day, there was a commotion at the assembly after the RJD official, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, moved a suspension notice about the NPR and CPI-ML legislator, Mehboob Alam, a separate one on the Citizenship Law ( Amendment), NPR and NRC. Some members of BJP and RJD were almost affected when Tejashwi called CAA a “black law.”

In defense of his party’s support for the CAA in Parliament, Nitish cited earlier statements by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other members of Congress demanding Indian citizenship for persecuted minorities in some neighboring countries.

Tejashwi said the state government moved the resolution on NPR and NRC under pressure from RJD, a statement that was immediately challenged by JD (U) ally BJP.

The state vice president of BJP and the MLA of Baikunthpur Mithilesh Tiwari told TOI: “The prime minister has clarified that there has been no discussion about the NRC. So, discussing NRC is like celebrating the “mundan” of a baby before birth. Tejashwi should not feel elated since BJP never deviates from its principles. It is the party that has forced a country like Pakistan to kneel. ”

Many see the resolution as a Nitish master coup to blunt the opposition led by RJD and people like IPC leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who is in a state yatra against the NRC.

Times of India