Nitish Kumar said, what is the work of NRC in Bihar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that there is no need of National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) in Bihar.


He said this when reporters asked him what is your stand on the NRC of the Center? In response, Nitish Kumar said, "Why should it be implemented in Bihar?"

Nitish Kumar is the first Chief Minister in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ruled states to raise their voice against the NRC.

However, Prashant Kishore, the vice president of Janata Dal (United), has been raising his voice against NRC and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

After supporting the CAA in Parliament on behalf of the JDU, Prashant Kishore tweeted, "Disappointed to see the JDU's support for the Citizenship Amendment Bill discriminating on the right to citizenship based on religion."

"This is in contrast to the party's constitution, on whose front page three times the word secular has been written and whose leadership probably follows the path of Gandhian ideals."

JDU leader Prashant Kishore called the party's decision to support the Citizenship Amendment Bill disappointing.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said earlier this month that by 2024, he will expel all intruders in the country.

By the way, it is interesting that Nitish Kumar's party Janata Dal (United) had voted in favor of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act law. Amit Shah has described the amendment in Citizenship Act as the first step towards NRC.

Nitish Kumar is the second Chief Minister of the country who opposes NRC and supports Citizenship Act. Biju Janata Dal, the party of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, also supported the Citizenship Act, but has opposed NRC. Although Naveen Patnaik's party is not part of the NDA.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which has been passed by the government has two things important - first, giving Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants and second, identifying illegal foreigners and sending them back, mostly Muslims.

On November 20, Home Minister Amit Shah told the House that his government was going to implement two different citizenship related aspects, one the CAA and the other count of citizens across the country known as the National Citizenship Register or NRC is.

Amit Shah had said that CAA has provision for granting citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who came to India before 31 December 2014 from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan due to religious persecution.

He had told that after the NRC, the process of identifying illegal residents entering India after 19 July 1948 and removing them out of the country will be completed.

The NRC was originally implemented for Assam on behalf of the Supreme Court. Under this, a register of citizens was issued in the month of August. About 19 lakh people were excluded in the published register. Those who were excluded from this list had to prove their citizenship with valid certificates.

However, Amit Shah had said that Assam would rejoin the new nationwide NRC process.

Despite widespread protests in the Northeast, the reason behind why the BJP went ahead with the Citizenship Amendment Bill is because of the electoral success the party has got in the entire region.

When the central government was trying to get the bill passed during its first term, many groups in the northeast opposed the BJP.

But, when the 2019 election results came, the BJP and its allies performed well in the Northeast.

BJP and its allies won 18 out of the 25 parliamentary seats in the entire Northeast.

The BJP hopes that it will get the support of a large number of Hindus due to easy citizenship to Hindus and non-Muslim migrants.