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Sharad Pawar to meet NCP ministers today as Uddhav Thackeray backs NPR

The government has reportedly initiated moves to roll out the National Population Register (NPR) process from May 1, the deadline set by the Centre even as Congress and NCP have said that they are opposed to the NPR exercise.

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Last Updated: Feb 16, 2020, 11.23 PM IST
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In the light of the developments, NCP chief Sharad Pawar is to chair a meeting of party ministers on Monday, party insiders said. State minority development minister Nawab Malik of NCP on Sunday said the move to conduct the NPR exercise is “not final”.
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government seems to be sailing into troubled waters due to differences between Shiv Sena led by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and its allies, particularly Nationalist Congress Party, on some big issues.

The government has reportedly initiated moves to roll out the National Population Register (NPR) process from May 1, the deadline set by the Centre even as Congress and NCP have said that they are opposed to the NPR exercise.

In the light of the developments, NCP chief Sharad Pawar is to chair a meeting of party ministers on Monday, party insiders said. State minority development minister Nawab Malik of NCP on Sunday said the move to conduct the NPR exercise is “not final”.

“We are opposed to it. There is already a unique identity, Aadhaar, where all the details and all information of people are stored; so why do we need to spend`20,000 crore on this exercise again? There is no need for this, our stand is clear,” he said.

Sena has claimed that the issue of NPR has been overblown. “NPR and NRC (National Registry of Citizens) are two different subjects,” the party had claimed in a statement. “NPR is related to the census and it is the Centre’s prerogative to implement it. It is in the national interest.”

The Sena move has clearly not gone down well with its allies. Pawar cut short a tour to Nashik to return to Mumbai and he would hold a meeting with NCP ministers on Monday. In unilateral moves earlier, the Thackeray government had also said it had no objection to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) taking over the probe into the Bhima Koregaon violence case which Pawar had publicly opposed. Sena had also said there was nothing wrong in the implementation of the CAA.

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