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Opposition Seeks Immediate Withdrawal Of CAA

The India Print 2020-01-14 14:37:08

New Delhi: The Congress and 19 other opposition parties on Monday demanded the withdrawal of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and therefore the immediate stoppage of the National Population Register (NPR).

They have also said that the chief ministers who have declared that they're going to not implement the NRC must consider "suspending NPR enumeration because it was a prelude to the NRC".

In a resolution adopted at a gathering here, the parties said the NPR being conducted by the govt was the idea of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

They said that "CAA, NPR, and NRC are a package that's unconstitutional" and targets poor, downtrodden, SC/STs, and therefore the linguistic and non secular minorities.

The parties said that each one the deaths of "peaceful protesters" who were opposing the CAA and NRC have taken place within the BJP-ruled states with 21 deaths in Uttar Pradesh , five in Assam and two in Karnataka.

"The NPR is that the basis for the NRC. We demand the withdrawal of the CAA and therefore the immediate stoppage of the nationwide NRC/NPR. All the Chief Ministers, who have announced that they're going to not implement the NRC in their State, must consider suspending the NPR enumeration as this is often a prelude to NRC," the resolution said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose party may be a constituent of ruling NDA, is among the CMs who have said the NRC won't be implemented in their states.

The Union Cabinet last month approved the proposal for conducting the Census of India 2021 and therefore the updation of NPR.

The opposition parties said that peaceful multi-religious, popular protests against the CAA, NRC, and NPR have erupted everywhere the country.

"We substitute solidarity with all such peaceful protests to safeguard the Indian Constitution. These protests are being met with violent repression in BJP-ruled states and in Delhi where the police are under the house Ministry," the resolution said.

The political parties said that police brutalities in universities, institutes of upper learning and other research bodies across the country must be condemned within the strongest possible terms.