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Opposition-ruled states set to junk NPR exercise

The meeting decided to observe January 23, the birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose, Republic Day and January 30, the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi, as ‘defence of Indian Constitution days’.

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Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020, 07.36 AM IST
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A meeting presided by Congress president Sonia Gandhi passed a resolution which called for the repeal of CAA and stopping nationwide NRC/NPR.
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NEW DELHI: Intensifying political resistance against CAA-NRC-NPR, 20 opposition parties led by Congress on Monday set the stage for states they administer to suspend the National Population Register enumeration by arguing NPR was a prelude to the “divisive” National Register of Citizens the Centre was planning.

A meeting presided by Congress president Sonia Gandhi passed a resolution which called for the repeal of CAA and stopping nationwide NRC/NPR. “CAA, NPR and NRC is a package that is unconstitutional, which specifically targets the poor, the downtrodden, SCs/ STs and linguistic and religious minorities. NPR is the basis for NRC. We demand the withdrawal of CAA and immediate stoppage of nationwide NRC/NPR. All chief ministers who have announced that they will not implement NRC in their states must consider to suspend NPR enumeration as this is a prelude to NRC,” the resolution said.

The call has cast a cloud over the NPR exercise in around 13 states whose CMs have aired opposition to CAA-NRC. Congress-ruled MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Puducherry, Congress-partnered Maharashtra and Jharkhand, Trinamool-governed West Bengal and Left-administered Kerala are bound to suspend NPR exercise immediately. It may also mount pressure on ‘fence-sitters’ BJD in Odisha, TRS in Telangana, YSRCP in Andhra and AAP in Delhi. Though some parties proposed state assemblies pass resolutions against CAA-NRC-NPR, the meeting left it to state regimes to decide on its feasibility and necessity as some CMs said not implementing the contentious planks were better than token resolutions.

The opposition meeting argued the Centre’s CAA-NRC-NPR agenda was a polarisation ploy to divert public focus from slowdown, unemployment, inflation and farm crisis. “Instead of addressing the issues and providing relief to the people soon after assuming office, BJP has embarked on a dangerous course of sharpening communal polarisation and attacking democratic rights and constitutional guarantees of the people,” the resolution said.

The meeting decided to observe January 23, the birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose, Republic Day and January 30, the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi, as ‘defence of Indian Constitution days’.

The meeting decried withdrawal of Article 370 in J&K. Despite rallying 20 parties, DMK’s unexpected boycott, following its recent skirmish with the Tamil Nadu unit of Congress cast a shadow. Trinamool, AAP, BSP and SP also expectedly kept away due to turf rivalry with Congress. “Even if these parties didn’t attend the meeting, all of them are opposed to CAA-NRC-NPR,” said Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad. Addressing the meeting, Sonia alleged “the government has let loose a reign of oppression, spreading hatred and trying to divide our people along sectarian lines. The Constitution is being undermined and instruments of governance are being misused. Students and the young have in particular been targeted.” Rahul Gandhi said “students, farmers and others have come to the street due to their frustration following unemployment and slowdown”.

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