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A resolution has been passed by the Bihar assembly which said that it would stick to the old National Population register (NPR) pro forma and would adopt only the transgender column from the new format which has been recommended by the Union Home Ministry which states that Bihar has unanimously adopted the resolution which mentions that it would not implement the National Register of Citizens.
The resolution which is also a virtual copy of the response made by the Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar to the letter that has been sent by the Centre which was seeking feedback on NPR has stated that the National Register of Citizens is not needed in the state of Bihar.
The Chief Minister of Bihar has clarified in the assembly that the Centre had sought a feedback from all the states regarding the NPR, but he has also take the opportunity to communicated the stand taken by the government of Bihar on NRC.
Nitish Kumar has said that the government of Bihar has communicated with the Centre where in it has mentioned that the format of the NPR should not be changed but it has to be the same except that the transgender column should be added to the format that was in the year 2010.
Nitish has suggested that the letter of the state government to the Centre which was about the NPR could be treated as a resolution and could have been unanimously passed by the House. He added saying that there should be no confusion about the exercise which would be carried out in the Bihar state for NPR and has made it clear that the information such as birthplace of parents would not be asked to furnish by the people.
The move is said to be politically significant in view of the continuous attempts that are being by the opposition parties in order to use the CAA, NPR and NRC as potential issues against the NDA which is said to be at seven months ahead of the assembly polls in the state of Bihar.
A series of public meetings have been held by Kanhaiya Kumar who is the CPI leader and the former president of JNSU, across the Bihar state in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens.
The Chief Minister of Bihar has also urged the opposition party to be refrained from creating a controversy regarding the citizenship law while the Supreme Court has been examining the citizenship law and also to stop themselves from raising a bogey of the National Register of Citizenship despite the clarification which has been given by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that it was not on the anvil.
Nitish Kumar has also proposed that a unanimous resolution should be passed by the assembly demanding to take the consideration of the census from the population of respective castes.
During the debate earlier in the day, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav who is the RJD functionary has moved an adjournment notice and has dubbed the Citizenship Amendment Act as a “black law” which led to an uproarious scene as the members of the Bharatiya Janata Party has taken a strong objection to it.
The Opposition has also been asked by the Chief Minister for exercising the restrain over the new citizenship law where in he has also mentioned that several top leaders of the Congress, as also Lalu Prasad had spoken in favour of the citizenship law which was for granting the citizenship to the refugees.
The Citizenship Amendment Act which has been passed by the government of India was seeking to provide the citizenship of India to all the non- Muslim communities such as Hindus,Christians, Buddists, Jains, Parsis, Sikhs from the three neighboring countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan who have been facing religious persecutions there and who have come to India on or before the 31st of December in the year 2014.
By Shrithika Kushangi