By Our Chief Editor B. R Abdul Wajid
New Delhi : A massive protest across the nation and abroad against CAA, NRC & NPR from past two months, today in the Parliament the Home Ministry has said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today (the 04th Feb 2020) that the government has taken no decision yet on bringing a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) yet.
During the question hour ‘whether the government has any plans to introduce the NRC all over the country’, Ministry of Home Affairs MoS Nityanand Rai said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that “till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare National Register of Citizens (NRC) at the national level”.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said almost all the opposition parties, including the DMK, CPI, CPI(M), NCP, RJD, TMC, SP and BSP, gave notices under Rule 267 to adjourn all business and discuss the CAA, NPR and National Register of Citizens. Ghulam Nabi Azad also said, “For the last two months, the whole country is on the road since the citizenship bill became an act. The NPR was done earlier, but the questions were simple. But in this NPR under this government, other details such as the date of birth of the father have been asked for.”
Ghulam Nabi Azad also said that “The government represents it as a Hindu-Muslim issue. All of us feel that there is no Hindu-Muslim issue. The government was doing all this to deliberately divert the attention from its failure to deliver on its promises, They keep us giving toys to keep us busy.”Azad said.
Significantly, during the joint session of parliament last Friday, President Ram Nath Kovind had skipped any reference to the NRC in his customary opening address.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier said there had been no discussions on nationwide NRC. “I want to tell the 130 crore citizens of India that since my government has come to power, since 2014, there has been no discussion on NRC anywhere. Only after the Supreme Court’s order, this exercise was done for Assam,” he had said.
After the PM’s comments, Mr Amit Shah told news agency ANI: “There is no need to debate this (pan-India NRC) as there is no discussion on it right now, PM Modi was right, there is no discussion on it yet either in the cabinet or parliament.”
Anti-CAA and NRC protests have continued for months in Delhi and other parts of the country. Women at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh and students of Jamia University have continued with their protests from past two months, forcing the government to backtrack on the proposals of bringing a nationwide NRC that demands that citizens of India prove their nationality.
Will the protest across the nation comes to an end now ? Or it will continue ? A BIG QUESTION MARK and this is the exams time for the students all over India.
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