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Nitty-gritty of NRC yet to be discussed, says BJP spokesperson

Just a day after the Prime Minister seemed to signal a rethink on a pan-India National Register of Citizens (NRC), a couple of top BJP leaders have made it clear that NRC is still on. Speaking at the Ramlila Maidan yesterday, the Prime Minister said that no discussions have been held for a pan-India NRC since the BJP assumed power in 2014. However, today, the Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that an all India NRC will be held after ‘detailed discussions’.

Just a day after the Prime Minister seemed to signal a rethink on a pan-India National Register of Citizens (NRC), a couple of top BJP leaders have made it clear that NRC is still on. Speaking at the Ramlila Maidan yesterday, the Prime Minister said that no discussions have been held for a pan-India NRC since the BJP assumed power in 2014. However, today, the Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that an all India NRC will be held after ‘detailed discussions’.
The National General Secretary of the BJP Muralidhar Rao has also made it clear that an all-India NRC will take place. He said that the Prime Minister did not say that an NRC exercise will not be initiated.
All this comes on a day when a ninth chief minister came out opposing an all-India NRC. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Jagan Reddy said that he will not implement an NRC in his state.
This is significant because Jagan Reddy's YSR Congress voted in favour of the government on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in parliament. Two other chief ministers, Nitish Kumar in Bihar and Naveen Patnaik in Odisha who had backed the CAA have come out in opposition of a pan-India NRC.
Speaking about whether the BJP would rethink implementation of pan-India NRC Gopal Krishna Agarwal, Spokesperson of BJP said, “When we are in a public domain and discussing the issues like NRC and CAA which has a very long repercussion and historical background where any kind of misinformation by the intellectual class or those who are educated or opposition makes a big difference because the common man can never study even clauses by everything. So, when the opposition is completely united to give misinformation on NRC, it is vitiating the whole issue.”
“What will be the form of NRC, what will be there and how it will deal with the citizenship or register, etc. are issues which are to be discussed. At present NRC is not coming in the form which people are thinking is implemented in Assam. When the Prime Minister says that NRC has not been discussed in the cabinet meeting it is about the form,” he added.
Rasheed Kidwai, a senior journalist said, “The thing about NRC is that there is a legal side of it and a political side of it. The Prime Minister is known to do things in style and that is why he is so popular, ‘jo kaha so kiya’ whether it was Article 370, instant triple talaq, or other issues. On NRC the BJP for the first time is seen as getting cold feet.”