Mangaluru, Dec 31 2019: Speaking to media, Vinayaraj said that there is a difference between the UPA government’s NPR and the one that the Narendra Modi government is gearing to implement. KPCC spokesperson A C Vinayaraj has alleged that the information sought under National Population Register (NPR) is against the NPR Manual of 2011.
“The information sought under the NPR will only inconvenience the people,” he insisted. The NPR of the BJP government is an attempt to bring in the National Register of Citizens through the back door, he added.
“The design of the current NPR appears to differ from that of the UPA and contains additional questions that suggest the objective to be to determine the respondents’ citizenship. Why are the dates and places of parents’ birth being asked? Further, the format seeks personal details like mobile numbers, Aadhaar numbers and driving licence numbers, which is against the Supreme Court direction,” said Vinayaraj.
He added that the Congress will carry out campaign against the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the NPR in every nook and corner of every village. The BJP government has been creating invisible division between communities through NRC and CAA, he alleged.
“The CAA seeks to amend the definition of illegal immigrant for Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who have lived in India without any document and grant them Indian citizenship. The Central government should mention why such citizenship is not granted for immigrants from Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, who have been staying in India for several decades,” he demanded and alleged, “By excluding Muslim immigrants from CAA, the BJP is engaging in vote bank politics.”
He urged the Central government to release the statistics of those who fled to India following atrocities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
‘Reaction to CAA is unexpected’ Even though the Citizenship (Amendment) Act is not against the interest of any community, violent protests are being held, provoking communal feelings, said BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav. “This is due to the false propaganda being carried out by some people,” he added.
He was speaking during an interactive programme on the CAA, organised by the Citizen Council at Canara High School at Urwa on Dec 29, Sunday.
Ram Madhav said that the people belonging to the Muslim community in India have been enjoying privileges. “No rights will be snatched from them. The people belonging to the Hindu community, but are minority in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh do not enjoy such privileges,” he pointed out. He also accused the Opposition parties of misleading the Muslim community.
The national general secretary highlighted the fact that no religion in India is targeted under the CAA. “The Act refers to the religious minority in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who have been subjected to atrocities for many years,” he said.
He said that the reaction of the Opposition parties to the Act is surprising. The Opposition should behave in a responsible way, he insisted.