Patna: JD(U) General Secretary Pavan Kumar wrote to party president and CM Nitish Kumar against the unconstitutional Citizenship Act- NRC-NPR scheme is divisive and that the Deputy CM made a “unilateral announcement”.
“I am greatly surprised that Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi has unilaterally announced that the NPR will be carried out in Bihar between May 15 and May 28 2020. As you are aware, the government has categorically stated that the NPR is the first step to implementing the NRC. Since you have said that Bihar will not have the NRC, it follows that you must say no to the revised NPR as well,” the leader said, HT reports.
“The CAA-NRC combine is a direct attempt to divide Hindus and Muslims, and to create social instability. Besides, it will impose great hardships on Indians as a whole, including especially the poor, the marginalized and the vulnerable belonging to all communities,” Varma wrote in his letter to CM after deputy CM announced NPR will be implemented in Bihar in May 2020.
Yesterday, PM had announced that Bihar will launch a data collection drive for the National Population Register (NPR) on May 15 and the exercise will conclude on May 28.
“All states have given their consent for NPR after its gazette notification in August. Bihar is one of them. Moreover, when Union Home Minister Amit Shah has stated that NPR data won’t be used for the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the JD (U) doesn’t have any problem,” said spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan.