Hyderabad: Urging the chief minister of Telangana to put a stay on the National Population Register (NPR), Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that passing a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) alone was not enough. Addressing the gathering, he said, “This issue of citizenship will not be solved merely by passing a resolution against CAA alone. I am requesting KCR, the chief minister of Telangana and the TRS government to out a stay on NPR as well, like the government of Kerala has done.”
The parliamentarian emphasised that if there was a stay on NPR, the work on the National register of Citizens (NRC) will also stop. He also urged the Home Minister for Telangana, Mahmood Ali, to take a stand against NPR. “NPR is just a name for data collection. Once that information is with the state, the government will selectively go after the citizens. You are not just a minister of TRS, but the Home minister for the state of Telangana. We hope that you will also take a stand against NPR,” said Owaisi.
Owaisi was speaking at a protest meeting against CAA, NRC and NPR organised by the United Muslim Action Committee at Eidgah Bilali in Hyderabad.
Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minster Amit Shah for the CAA clashes in Delhi, the AIMIM leader said, “The Delhi police was also pelting stones along with the violent mob. It is shameful that such violence took place in the national capital… a BJP MLA had warned the Delhi police that they will be given three day’s time to stop the protests, leaders must know that the violence they perpetrated will come back at you.”
The leader did not forget to mention that it was a matter of shame for the country when such incidents happen while the President of a foreign country is visiting India.