New Delhi: The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday put on hold the National Population Register (NPR) exercise in the state after getting no response from the Centre over a set of queries raised by the state’s Edappadi K Palaniswami-led AIADMK government.Also Read - National Population Register: Why Parents' Information? Bihar, Odisha Oppose New Format

Today’s development, notably, makes the AIADMK the second ally of the Centre’s ruling BJP to have expressed apprehensions with the NPR. Last month, the Bihar Assembly passed a unanimous resolution stating that the NPR would be carried out in the state as per the 2010 format. Also Read - National Population Register: Details of Parents' Birth Not Mandatory Question, Clarifies Centre

The BJP is currently in power in Bihar with the Janata Dal (United). Also Read - National Population Register: Objectives, Features, Difference Between NPR And Census | All You Need to Know

Today, Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar said, “There were three questions in the NPR which have sparked fear among the Muslims. We have not received any reply from the Centre over our plea seeking clarifications.”

“Hence, we have not issued a notification to carry out the NPR exercise in the state. It will be done only after our queries have been responded to,” the minister added.

Notably, six new questions added to the NPR questionnaire have made several state governments uneasy. Chief Minister Palaniswami had last month written to the Centre, seeking amendments to provisions like Aaadhar and details of parents.

Taken together with the 15 questions asked in 2010, the six questions would have raised the number of questions for 2020 to 21.

Several opposition states, including Left-ruled Kerala, TMC-ruled West Bengal, as well as those ruled by the Congress, have already refused to implement the NRC, contending that along with the equally controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), the NPR would be used to harass Muslims or even render them ‘stateless.’

Currently, the NPR is scheduled to be conducted across the country from April 1-September 30, 2020.