New Delhi: In yet another setback for the soon-to-begin National Population Register (NPR), Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Friday moved a resolution against the exercise, demanding that the same be conducted as per the 2010 format. The development came a day after the BJP’s ally AIADMK, which is in power in Tamil Nadu, put on hold NPR in the state after some of its queries were not responded to by the Centre. Also Read - Amit Shah Effectively Cleared All Misgivings on CAA, NPR in Rajya Sabha, Says RS Prasad
The anti-NPR resolution in the Delhi Assembly was moved by Development Minister Gopal Rai on a day the issue was taken up for discussion there. Also Read - No NPR For Now in Tamil Nadu: State Government Puts Exercise on Hold After Centre Doesn't Answer Queries
The development makes Delhi yet another state after Left-ruled Kerala, TMC-ruled West Bengal, Congress-ruled states and even Bihar, which is a state ruled by the BJP in alliance with the Janata Dal (United) to have opposed the NPR, whether fully or in its current format.
The debate over NPR centres around a set of six new questions added to the questionnaire, which, together with the 15 existing questions, takes the total number of questions to 21. These questions seek details like Aadhaar card number, PAN card number, the birthplace of one’s parents etc. It is alleged that the NPR, in its current format, along with the equally contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), will be used to ‘target’ Muslims and eventually render them ‘stateless.’
Union Home Minister Amit Shah had on Thursday clarified in the Rajya Sabha that no additional document would be needed for NPR and the provision of ‘additional information’ would be optional.
NPR is scheduled to be conducted across the country from April 1-September 30, 2020.