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Amit Shah in RS: No 'Doubtful Citizen' category in NPR

Amit Shah also asked Congress member Kapil Sibal whether there is any provision in the CAA to take away citizenship

Thursday March 12, 2020 11:25 PM, IANS

Amit Shah on NPR

New Delhi: The National Population Register (NPR) will not have a Doubtful category, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday and asked the opposition leaders to come to him and discuss if there is any doubt in this regard.

He urged the opposition leaders not to misinform people in this regard.

"The members of Muslim community were told that they would lose their citizenship. I asked every member of each political party in the House to tell me a single clause or provision wherein any citizenship of any Indian would be taken away," he asked before the Upper House.

During the debate, he asked Congress member Kapil Sibal whether there is any provision in the CAA to take away citizenship.

Sibal replied to his query: "There is no such provision. But under the NPR, poor people have to provide documents and there are chances of putting them into the category of Doubtful."

Amit Shah further asserted: "No documents will be required in the NPR also. Secondly, if any information is not available with any citizen they would have an option to leave that blank and thirdly, there would be no Doubtful category."

The Home Minister said despite this if any member of the House has any doubt, the Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad can bring them and we can have a discussion.

Standing Committee Chairman Anand Sharma can also come along and we will discuss everything, he said.

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