AGENCIES, Patna: The Bihar Assembly on Tuesday resolved against implementing the National Register of Citizens (NCR) and decided it will allow work on the National Population Register (NPR) on the condition that the home ministry excludes the new contentious questions added to the questionnaire.
The resolution against the NCR was moved by Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Tejashwi Yadav.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said there should be “no confusion” on how the National Population Register exercise would be carried out in the state. Nobody would be asked to furnish information such as places of birth of parents, the CM added.
Bihar is the first NDA-ruled state to pass a resolution against the NRC. Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United is in power in partnership with the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state.
After the huge row erupted over amendments that introduced a religion test to citizenship for people from three countries, however, the Centre has insisted that there had been no decision yet on the NRC. Opposition parties point out that this declaration does not imply that the government won’t go for the NRC in the future.