Delhi Assembly passes Anti-NPR resolution

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Published: March 14,2020 09:34 PM
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March 14, 2020: The Delhi Assembly on Friday passed a resolution against the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at a special session .

March 14, 2020: The Delhi Assembly on Friday passed a resolution against the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at a special session with, 61 of 70 MLAs responding in the negative when Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked if they still had their birth certificates.



By conducting the NPR exercise across the nation, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged during his address, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government was attempting to "divert" the attention of people from "the real issues" being faced by the country such as unemployment and economic crises.



Mr Kejriwal called this a "big message" and said "the Assembly has passed the resolution to not implement NPR in the national capital". The Chief Minister included himself in the list of people without birth certificates, telling the Assembly that neither he nor his family had the documents.



"Me, my wife, my entire cabinet don't have birth certificates to prove citizenship. Will we be sent to detention centres?" Arvind Kejriwal asked in the Assembly on Friday, after asking MLAs to raise their hands if they had the documents.



Only nine lawmakers raised hands. Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has 62 MLAs in the house, after winning last month's elections. The remaining seats are held by the BJP.



"I urge the centre to withdraw National Population Register and National Register of Citizens," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.



Mr Kejriwal also challenged Union Ministers to show their certificates.



In its resolution, the Delhi Assembly said the proposed NPR and NRC had created "an atmosphere of fear and panic" over concerns that those who could not prove their citizenship will be sent to the detention centres.



Noting that more than 90 per cent of Indians do not have requisite documents, as listed by the centre, the resolution asked for clarifications over use of NPR data in NRC and what an individual must do if s/he lacks documents.