Amid protests in various parts of the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Population Register (NPR), Madhya Pradesh's Prime Minister Kamal Nath on Monday (February 17) stressed that NPR would not be implemented in the state.
It should be noted that Kerala and West Bengal previously refused to implement NPR, and Madhya Pradesh was the first state ruled by Congress to say no to the "controversial" exercise.
"The notification about the National Population Register (NPR) that is being discussed is December 9, 2019. The central government has adopted the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) after this notification," a statement from the convention office on Monday said Calling on the CM.
"Therefore, the NPR (from the state government) was not notified in accordance with CAA, 2019. It was carried out in accordance with rule 3 of the CAA, rules of 1955, 2003. However, the Prime Minister has made it clear that NPR will no longer be implemented in Madhya Pradesh, ”added the statement.
In particular, the proposed NPR is scheduled to run from April 1 through September 30, along with the census house listing phase.
NPR has sparked massive protests across the country, and many claim that the exercise is linked to the National Citizens' Register, which is designed to identify illegal immigrants.
Previously, the government had repeatedly claimed that the NPR was the first step towards a nationwide NRC, but the government is now claiming that the NPR and NRC are unrelated and there has been no discussion of NRC across India.
Kamal Nath made the statement after the MLA of the Bhopal Central Congress, Arif Masood, highlighted the state government's announcement on December 9, 2019, on the implementation of NPR in the state.
Masood appealed to CM Kamal Nath to refuse the NPR and warned him that failure to do so could force him to quit the party. "A campaign would be launched from Bhopal without a CAA, without an NRC and without an NPR," he said.