Prashant Kishor, a close aide to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, fought new battles with BJP allies today and tweeted that there would be no implementation of the Citizenship Act or list. To make matters worse, he thanked Rahul Gandhi from Congress and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, "for their formal and clear rejection of #CAA_NRC".
The Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Citizenship Register are the two key initiatives of the central government led by the BJP. Nitish Kumar, who pushed his party's "no" to CAA in parliament while voting in law, has kept silence on the NRC. Last month, his government submitted a report to the National Population Register – as a first step towards the NRC.
Congress passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens at a meeting of the Working Committee, its highest decision-making body.
I connect my voice to everyone to say thank you #Congress Leadership for their formal and clear rejection of #CAA_NRC, Both @rahulgandhi & @priyankagandhi I especially thank you for your efforts in this regard.
Also want to insure everyone – बिहार C CAA-NRC लागू होग होगा।
– Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) January 12, 2020
Prashant Kishor's reputation with Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi was recognized in recognition of their efforts to stand up to a part of the congressional leaders who wanted to take the soft Hindutva line. Sources indicated that this section wanted to adopt an ambivalent stance on the subject in order to save the majority of voters from excitement.
In her address to the Working Committee, Sonia Gandhi also warned the section that the top leaders of the congress should not have any illusions that NPR is "good practice". "In form and content, NPR 2020 is a disguised NRC," she said. The CAA called it a "discriminatory and divisive" law, the "uncanny" purpose of which was to divide people from a religious perspective.
Some of the heads of state and government claim that if Mr. Kumar had agreed in the interest of the NPR coalition, he would have no problem later with the National Citizens' Register.
This was one of the reasons why Prashant Kishore previously asked the chief minister to reject the NRC in clear and unambiguous terms. The request brought him shortly before breaking with the party when he debated the BJP over its stance on citizenship law and the NRC.
Regarding the NPR, party sources said Prashant Kishore had indicated that people had read too much in the state government's notice before the issue's controversy began.
"If you see, even Bengal and Kerala had issued the notification, but everyone withdrew as soon as they realized that this was a step towards the divisive NRC," said a party leader.