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'We're Not Provoking Anti-CAA Protests, But Staging It': Chidambaram

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram On Saturday Demanded Home Minister Amit Shah To Categorically Mention Whether NRC Is Ruled Out Or Not.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Mohit Pandey | Updated on: 04 Jan 2020, 06:27:26 PM
He hinted that due to the ‘bitter’ experience of Assam NRC, the govt has not proceeded further with a pan-India NRC exercise.

He hinted that due to the ‘bitter’ experience of Assam NRC, the govt has not proceeded further with a pan-India NRC exercise. (Photo Credit: Twitter/Congress)

New Delhi:

Launching a scathing attack on the Modi government over National Register of Citizens (NRC), senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday asked Home Minister Amit Shah to categorically mention whether NRC is ruled out or not and sought clarity over its implementation with National Population Register (NPR). He said that NPR is clearly linked to NRC, and if it had not been the case, he added, “Why did Home Minister not say we are doing NPR, we will not do NRC?”

He attacked the BJP over Assam NRC as he hinted that due to the ‘bitter’ experience of Assam NRC, the govt has not proceeded further with a pan-India NRC exercise.

“The elephant in the room is 19 lakh, six thousand, six hundred and fifty-seven. Why do you ignore that elephant? That elephant is sitting there. In the face of that elephant, you see that elephant and you pretend that there is no problem”, Chidambaram added.

Moreover, the former Union Minister said that the then UPA govt in 2010 conducted only NPR which aided the census. He said that during Congress’ rule, there was no Assam NRC and UPA govt had no ‘bitter experience of more than 19 lakh people being declared stateless’.

Chidambaram said that the Congress party is not provoking anti-CAA protests, but is staging anti-CAA protests and added, “We're proud of it”. He went on to ask the govt why are they being called as provocateurs.

He added that his party has been propagating its point of view and asked if students, youth, women supported their point of view and coming out on streets, what was wrong with that.

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First Published : 04 Jan 2020, 06:06:59 PM

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