Bihar NPR from May 15, Announces Deputy CM Sushil Modi, JDU Leader Calls it ‘Personal’ Statement

Bihar NPR from May 15, Announces Deputy CM Sushil Modi, JDU Leader Calls it ‘Personal’ Statement

The counter to Modi’s statement comes amid a chill in the ties between allies BJP and JDU, which are trying to reach a consensus on seat sharing ahead of next year’s elections amid political posturing.

EC News Desk

Patna, January 5, 2020,: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has said the first phase of the National Population Register (NPR) will be carried out in the state between May 15 and May 28, evoking a response from senior JDU leader Shyam Rajak who said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was the right and "competent person" to make such announcements.

The counter to Modi’s statement comes amid a chill in the ties between allies BJP and JDU, which are trying to reach a consensus on seat sharing ahead of next year’s elections amid political posturing.

Speaking to the media, the deputy CM said: “The NPR process in 2020 will be carried out between April 1 and September 30 in the country. In Bihar it will be done between May 15 and May 28. Administrative and punitive action will be taken against officials if they refuse to carry out NPR.”

Rajak soon countered the claim, saying he was unaware of any such decision and Kumar was the right and "competent person" to make such announcements. He added that Modi may have made this statement in his “personal capacity”.

Modi, meanwhile, also dared West Bengal and Kerala Chief Ministers, Mamata Banerjee and P Vijayan, not to implement Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Population Registers if they can.

"NPR and NRC are two different things," he told newsmen here and blamed the Congress and RJD for the confusion on them and CAA.

"No state, including West Bengal, Kerala and Rajasthan, can refuse to implement the CAA or NPR as the Centre has the power to bring legislation over citizenship. Preparing NPR is a statutory provision which no state can refuse to implement," Modi said.

"No chief ministers, even if he/she is opposed to CAA and NPR, can refuse to implement them. Neither West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee nor Kerala CM P Vijayan can say that they won't implement NPR in their states. They can say anything for public consumption. But they can't say no to CAA and NPR... A census director in each state has already been appointed, including in West Bengal," he added.

A report in The Indian Express says: “The JD-U, the BJP’s partner in Bihar’s ruling coalition, said that since the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had clarified that there is no proposal to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) across the country, there was no problem in going ahead with the NOR exercise”.

A report on NDTV says:, “The BJP leader’s comment, however, was almost immediately questioned by industries minister and senior JDU leaders Shyam Razak, who claimed he was unaware of any such decision and said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was the right and “competent person” to make such announcements, adding Mr (Sushil) Modi may have made this statement in his “personal capacity”.

(Source News 18)