Former Congress advisor Prashant Kishor questions Sonia Gandhi’s silence on NRC

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The political strategist and vice president of JD (U) has questioned the silence of the president of Congress Sonia Gandhi on the subject of (NRC). If the President of Congress makes a statement (on the issue of the NRC), it will bring clarity. Participating in dharnas, demonstrations, that is all legitimate and valid, (but) why there is not even a single official statement by the president of Congress on the subject is something beyond (my) understanding.

Kishor believes that the president of Congress or (CWC) should ask all the main ministers of states governed by Congress to declare that they will not allow the NRC in their states.

More than 10 leading ministers, including those of Congress, have said they will not allow NRCs in their states. In other regional parties such as those led by Nitish Kumar, Naveen Babu, Mamata didi or Jagan Mohan Reddy, the main ministers are as head of the parties. In the case of Congress, the main ministers are not the ones who make the final decisions, and the CWC is the highest decision-making body, Kishor said.

My question and concern is that why does the president of Congress not say this officially that the NRC will not be allowed in states governed by Congress? he added.Kishor attacked Congress further by asking why he did not change the law when he was in government and had the opportunity to do so.

The CAA was created in 2003. From 2004 to 2014, the government of Congress was in power. If the act was so unconstitutional, which is a fact, Congress had the opportunity to amend it, he said.

Kishor also disagreed with the Interior Minister Amit Shah The explanation that there was no link between the National Population Registry (NPR) and the NRC.

No one needs to prove the link between NPR and NRC. The documents speak for themselves and affirm that NPR is the first step of NRC. This is not an individual matter. It was (the fact) declared the President in his address. All this debate of NRC and NPR is related to the Bill of Amendment of Citizenship of 2003, during which, for the first time it was defined that after NPR, if the government wishes, they can do NRC. he said.

The JD (U) leader also cited the speeches of different BJP leaders, including the Prime Minister, to express their concerns on the subject.

After that, on multiple platforms from the government side, nothing less than the Prime Minister himself in some of the election rallies in West Bengal, talked about the NRC. The Interior Minister mentioned that it was not they who were linking (the two), Kishor said. NRC is a subset of NPR. Now it is up to the government what they want to do. The government after doing NPR can say that we would not do NRC, but according to the process, NPA is a prerequisite of NPR. According to government documents, NPR and NPA are linked, he added.

The Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019 seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and country refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and who entered India on December 31, 2014 or earlier.

NRC, on the other hand, seeks to identify illegal immigrants in the country. It was implemented in Assam following the instructions of the Supreme Court, where 19 lakh people were excluded from the final list.

 

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