Nitish Kumar indicated he had not been entirely up to speed with the NPR in its current form (File)
In a gathering of National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the Janata Dal United (JDU) on Friday formally help with its demand of removing queries regarding parents from the centre’s National Population Register questionnaire, days after party chief Nitish Kumar made public his unease on the exercise.
Lalan Singh, a senior leader of the ongoing party that rules Bihar, said he raised the problem at the meeting, attended by senior BJP leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Home and Modi Minister Amit Shah, news agency PTI reported. He said Mr Shah assured him that the problem will undoubtedly be further discussed.
Critics say the National Population Register, a fitness from the population census, is really a prelude to the nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC), and that questions linked to parents’ host to birth in the updated questionnaire certainly are a ruse to assemble data for the NRC.
The centre, however, has dismissed concerns concerning the methodology being adopted for the NPR exercise, though those haven’t been spelled out yet. “If someone will not desire to share any information regarding any issue, it really is up to see your face. The choice is had by him of not sharing it,” Minister of State for Home Affairs GK Reddy had told reporters.
Home Minister Amit Shah this past year said that both exercises weren’t linked and that there have been no discussions on nationwide NRC.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose party supported the Citizenship Amendment Act in parliament this past year, on Tuesday he had not been entirely up to speed with the NPR in its current form indicated.
“There exists a large amount of confusion and panic concerning the NPR. New questions have already been added in fact it is wanted by us to be dropped,” Mr Kumar was quoted as saying by leaders who had attended a gathering with the principle Minister.
On CAA, he said anyone who has an issue with regulations must approach court against it.
Mr Kumar Wednesday expelled two of his closest aides, Prashant Kishor and Pavan Varma, after weeks of acrimony over their open criticism of his stand on the citizenship law, which for the very first time in India makes religion the test for citizenship.
Critics say that regulations is contrary to the secular principles of the united states and will probably pose a threat to the country’s Muslim community when implemented in coordination with the National Register of Citizens.
With inputs from PTI