Patna: Bihar on Tuesday passed a unanimous resolution holding that there is no need for NRC in the state. The state assembly also passed a resolution to update the National Population Register (NPR), but according to the 2010 format. Notably, this makes Bihar the first state with an NDA government to adopt an anti-NRC resolution. Also Read - Nitish Kumar Demands Nationwide Ban on Alcohol, Calls it Mahatma Gandhi's Wish
According to a report, no Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs– present in the assembly– had opposed the resolution. There are a total of 54 BJP MLAs in the assembly. Also Read - ‘Delhi Showed Way, Bihar Will Show Door to Nitish Kumar in Assembly Polls,’ Says Tejashwi Yadav
“The Bihar government has written to the Centre seeking the omission of ‘contentious clauses’ from the NPR forms,” said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the state assembly. “I myself do not know the date of birth of my mother. In no case should NRC be implemented in the state. Whatever issues the state assembly has discussed will be sent to the Central government,” he added. Also Read - 'Janta Malik Hai': Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Delhi Assembly Election Result 2020
Reading out the text of the letter to the Centre, Kumar said it has also been proposed by the Bihar government that “transgenders” be included in the gender column of the NPR.
The all-party resolution followed a debate on an adjournment motion moved by leader of the opposition Tejashwi Yadav and others in the House. It got the approval of the house in the post-lunch session.
A strong opponent of National Register for Citizens (NRC) despite his alliance with the BJP, Kumar, however, disapproved of ‘hauva’ (bogey) of NRC being raised by the opposition despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s categorical statement that its countrywide implementation was not on the anvil.
Kumar said that CAA is a central act passed by Parliament which is currently pending with the Supreme Court.
(With PTI inputs)