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If a country wants a National Register of Citizens, why should it be opposed: Rajnath Singh

Addressing a rally in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Shatabdi Nagar here, the BJP leader said religious minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh were living a "life of misery" and India has fulfilled its "moral duty" by enacting the CAA.

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Last Updated: Jan 23, 2020, 07.49 AM IST
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Singh said India was partitioned on the basis of religion and even Mahatma Gandhi wanted that Indian government should be sensitive towards minorities of neighbouring countries if they face religious persecution there. He had said such people should be given citizenship.
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LUCKNOW: No one will be pressured during the enumeration process of the National Population Register (NPR), senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday.

“If any government official, during the NPR exercise, asks you for your name, address, date of birth, name of your father, when did you come…you won’t be pressurised to answer. Whatever you reveal will be noted down,” Singh said at a pro-CAA BJP rally in Meerut.

Rajnath Singh, also India’s defence minister, reiterated there was no discussion on NRC in the government. “There has been no discussion yet. But even if, hypothetically speaking, a country wants to build a National Register of Citizens, why should it be opposed? Should the country’s citizens not have a register of their own,” he asked.

Backing NRC, Singh said NRC will help in transferring the benefits of the government’s welfare schemes directly to the people. “If we prepare a document like that, it will help us give you direct benefits...for example, subsidy for manure.”

He said Congress was misguiding everyone and instilling a fear that if NPR was carried out, then NRC will follow and Muslims will be evicted from the country. “I want to assure Muslim citizens that nobody will dare lay a finger on you and if anyone has any complain, they can come to us, we will stand by that Muslim.”

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