New Delhi: The Delhi Assembly on Friday passed a resolution against the proposed National Population Register (NPR), with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urging the Centre to withdraw both the NPR, as well as the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Also Read - Now, Delhi Government Moves Anti-NPR Resolution; Seeks 2010 Format For Exercise
The development came on a day the issue was taken up by the Assembly, with Delhi Development Minister Gopal Rai moving the anti-NPR resolution there.
Speaking during the discussion, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who also heads the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said, “Under NPR and NRC, people will be asked to prove their citizenship. 90% of the people do not have any government document to prove their citizenship. Everyone is scared that they shall be sent to detention centres.”
“Hence, I urge the Centre to scrap both NPR and NRC,” Kejriwal further said.
The NPR, which is scheduled to be conducted across the country from April 1-September 30, has been opposed, and in several cases, even blocked, by various state governments, including those ruled by parties which are allies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power at the Centre. These include the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu and the JD(U) in Bihar.
The controversy over the NPR centres around a set of six new questions, which have been added to the NPR questionnaire, which already has 15 questions. It is alleged that the NPR, in its current format, coupled with the NRC and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) would be misused to target the Muslims and eventually render them stateless.