After Congress, NCP ups ante against NPR


NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik on Thursday said the party will oppose the NPR exercise in its current format. 

NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik. (Photo: PTI)

After Congress, another alliance partner in the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has opposed Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s idea to go ahead with the National Population Register (NPR).

NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik on Thursday said the party will oppose the NPR exercise in its current format.

“The questionnaire to be included in the NPR was prepared during the Census exercise carried in 2010. We don’t agree with this questionnaire,” Malik said.

He said that all three partners of the MVA including the Shiv Sena will soon sit together and discuss the subject. “We won’t allow the implementation of what (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah desires.”

Malik also said his party will not allow the introduction of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC).

“The BJP has changed its stance by announcing that the government is not considering introducing NRC. Our party’s stand is very clear on this subject,” he said.

Thackeray, after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on February 21, had said the government will not oppose the NPR.

He had also said there was no need to fear the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as it is not against anyone.

“Those who are spreading wrong information on CAA must educate the people in the right way on this matter,” Thackeray had said.

Congress had reacted sharply to Thackeray’s statement with Maharashtra in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge saying that there is a coalition government in the state and Shiv Sena should not announce decisions unilaterally.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar had called on Thackeray last week at his official residence in Mumbai to discuss the issue.

A source in NCP said that the party wants amendments in the NPR questionnaire similar to the demands by the Janta Dal (United).

The Bihar government led by JDU has made it clear that it will not approve questions on a person’s father’s birthplace and the location of his previous residence.

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