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Nationwide NRC BJP's agenda, but no govt decision as yet: Amit Shah

Amit Shah also asserted that no one needs to show documents for inclusion in the National Population Register (NPR)

Thursday February 13, 2020 9:45 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Amit Shah on CAA NRC NPR

New Delhi: In the wake of nationwide protests against the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), Union Home Minister Amit Shah Thursday said that while the NRC has been included in the Bharatiya Janata Party's election manifesto, nothing has as yet been decided on the matter.

Flashing some papers, the Minister claimed that a report by a Parliamentary Committee headed by then Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee had advocated for a nationwide NRC.

Amit Shah also asserted that no one needs to show documents for inclusion in the National Population Register (NPR).

"Nobody has been asked for documents in the NPR. Nobody will be asked either. People are supposed to get their details recorded orally," he said. He was obviously hinting at the 'kagaz nahi dikhayenge' slogans.

'CAA Not Against Muslims'

Amit Shah also defended the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) and said that anyone could seek time to debate the issue with him on merits.

Watch Video: Amit Shah's speeches that fuelled anti-CAA protests across India

"Whoever wants to clarify this issue can seek an appointment with me. I will personally clarify the issue to them. My office will provide time within three days," Amit Shah said at the Times Now Summit in New Delhi.

"The Citizenship (Amendment) Act has no provision that deprives anyone of citizenship, or that it is anti-Muslim or anti-minority. Gandhiji himself insisted that non-Muslims of Pakistan who faced persecution there should be given respect, dignity and citizenship in India", he said.

The Minister said that India had allowed for leniency in issuing long-term visas to Hindus and Sikhs from the 1960s.

"Why is our approach seen in a different light?" he asked.

Hitting out at the Congress, he said: "Successive governments -- including those of the Congress -- have gradually expanded the scope of facilities afforded to these refugees. We are simply building on that legacy."

On February 1, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that the government was willing to hold "structured talk" with those protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

'Provocative slogans may have hurt BJP in Delhi polls'

Amit Shah also said that "provocative slogans and statements" made in the run-up to the February 8 Delhi Assembly elections may have caused the party dear.

"Slogan like 'Desh ke gaddaron ko' and statements like 'India vs Pakistan' (contest on the polling day) should not have been made. Our performance may have suffered because of this," Amit Shah said.

It was at a public rally addressed by Union Minister Anurag Thakur in Delhi that the slogan "Desh ke gaddaron ko -- Goli Maro salo ko" was raised, which brought him censure from the Election Commission of India.

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