National Register of Citizens (NRC) seeks to identify illegal immigrants in the country. It was rolled out in Assam on the directions of the Supreme Court where 19 lakh people were excluded from the final list. Reacting to this, political strategist Prashant Kishor questioned the silence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
New Delhi: Political strategist and vice president of Janta Dal (United) Prashant Kishor has questioned the silence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the issue of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Speaking to media, Kishor said, "If the Congress president gives one statement on the NRC issue, it will bring clarity. Taking part in dharnas, demonstrations - that is all legitimate and valid, but why there is not even a single official statement coming from the Congress president on the issue that is something beyond my understanding."
According to Kishor, the Congress president or Congress Working Committee (CWC) must ask all the chief ministers of Congress-ruled states to declare that they will not allow the NRC in their states.
"More than ten chief ministers, including the ones in Congress have said that they will not allow NRC in their states. In other regional parties like those led by Nitish Kumar, Naveen Babu, Mamata didi or Jaganmohan Reddy, the chief ministers are serving as the head of the parties. In case of the Congress, the chief ministers are not the final decision-makers, and the CWC is the highest decision-making body," Kishor said.
"My question and concern are that why is it that the Congress president is not saying this officially that the NRC will not be allowed in the Congress-ruled states?" he added.
Kishor further attacked Congress asking as to why it did not amend the Act when it was in the government, while it had an opportunity to do so.
"The CAA was created back in 2003. From 2004 to 2014, the Congress government was in power. If the Act was unconstitutional, the Congress had an opportunity to amend it," he said.
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Last Updated Dec 30, 2019, 10:01 AM IST