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Javadekar attacks opposition over NPR issue

Javadekar attacks opposition over NPR issue

New Delhi, Jan 22 (UNI) Attacking opposition over questioning the National Population Register (NPR) Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said it was welcomed in the past when the then Congress-led government introduced it but is being dubbed as “bad "as the NDA regime is repeating it.

Referring to citizenship given to Pakistani singer Adnan Sami, He said the provision of “naturalization” to grant Indian citizenship to foreign nationals in the principal Citizenship Act of 1955 still remains.

“That provision (of naturalization) still remains. The Citizenship Amendment Act takes note of persecuted minorities in three countries (Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan) who came to India seeking justice ... the amendment is about giving citizenship and not taking it,” Mr Javadekar said at a briefing of the decisions taken by the Union Cabinet.

Kerala and West Bengal have opposed the NPR exercise.

In response to a question on the issue, the minister said, “Those who are opposed to the Citizenship Amendment Act have made their own views, but the Supreme Court decided not to give it (CAA) any stay.”

In reply to questions on the NPR, he said giving date of birth or place of birth of parents is optional in the exercise. "If you don't have it or don't remember, don't give it ... many questions are optional," he said.

Mr Javadekar said the National Register of Citizens is limited to Assam and it was brought by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

“They brought it (NRC) so it is good. We did not bring, so we are bad,” he added.

Responding to a question on “proposed” police action in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, he said no action is on in the area.

“No action is being taken in Shaheen Bagh, there is a complaint ... Police went to Jamia (university) there was a complaint, they did not go (enter) the JNU (campus), there is a complaint. This is not done (Aisa toh nahin chalta hai),” the minister said.



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