Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy rejects NRC

Hyderabad: Days after the YSR Congress party supported the Citizens Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Lok Sabha before it went on to become an Act, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that ‘National Registrar of Citizens’ (NRC) won’t be implemented in the state.

Speaking at a public gathering on Monday, the Chief Minister said, “Our minority leaders and Deputy Chief minister SB Amzath informed, that the state government won’t support the NRC. They made the statement after consulting me. We (referring to state government) stand by the same, NRC won’t be implemented in Andhra Pradesh.

He further added,” I assure every Muslim brethren in Andhra Pradesh, state government stands against NRC’. This comes days after the Deputy chief minister (minority affairs) S B Amzath announced AP’s stand.

Speaking to the media on December 20th said, ‘Centre stated that NRC would be implemented across the country only after getting the CAB cleared in parliament. YSRCP party won’t implement it; the state government won’t support the NRC bill in the near future’.

When asked about the AP government’s support in favour of Citizens Amendment Act (CAA), he added, “Government extended support to CAB in the parliament as the context of CAB is different to NRC. We were assured by the centre that it pertains only to the religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Following this, the government extended support in a context that no Muslim cross India will be affected said the Deputy Chief Minister.

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