The Bihar Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution not to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State. It also said the National Population Register (NPR) would be implemented in Bihar in the old 2010 format.
In the second half of the State Assembly session, the members of the House unanimously decided to pass the resolution not to implement the proposed NRC in the State.
Earlier, in the first half of the session, opposition parties led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) took on the government over the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the NPR and the proposed NRC. MLAs from the RJD, the Congress and the CPI-ML protested against these issues both inside and outside the Assembly.
“When the government has issued a gazette notification to begin the process of NPR in the State from May 15 to June 28 as Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi had tweeted earlier, the Chief Minister should clarify how he has been saying NPR will be implemented in its old 2010 format,” asked Tejashwi Yadav. “It’s a kala kanoon (black law),” said Mr. Yadav and opposition party MLAs.
CPI-ML supporters also marched to the State Assembly in protest against the CAA, the NPR and the proposed NRC.
Later, the Chief Minister said the CAA was a Central issue passed in both Houses of Parliament. “Now, the issue of the CAA is in the Supreme Court to make it clear whether it is constitutional or unconstitutional... On the NRC, the government is clear that it will not be implemented in the State and the NPR should be implemented in its old 2010 format, for which the State government has already written a letter to the Centre”.
Deputy Chief Minister and senior State BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, who presented Budget in the House , said when the “Chief Minister of the State said that the NPR would be implemented in its 2010 format, there is no question of not doing this”.
Mr. Modi in January had announced that “the first phase of Census 2021 and the process of the National Population Register [NPR] in Bihar would be done between the period of May 15 to June 28, 2020”. Later, he also tweeted to say that a notification iby the Bihar government for the same had been issued on December 18, 2019.
“No government has the courage to stop the NPR exercise in their respective States,” Mr. Modi had added. The Prime Minister and other senior State BJP leaders had even undertaken a ‘Jan Jagran Abhiyan’ in different districts of Bihar to make people aware about the CAA, the NRC and the NPR.
State Assembly Speaker Vijay Chaudhury had to adjourn the proceedings of the House for sometime in the first half of the session after the ruckus created by the Opposition and the ruling party MLAs over the adjournment motion call demand on the CAA, the NRC and the NPR.
Later, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said he has no problem if the House took a unanimous decision not to implement the NRC in the State. Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav, too, supported the move and the House unanimously passed a resolution for the same.
The House also passed a resolution for the implementation of the NPR in the State in the old 2010 format with an amendment on a provision related to transgenders.
“Congratulations to the people of Bihar as their expectations from the RJD has been fulfilled now,” Mr. Yadav said.