Bihar first NDA state to adopt resolution against new NPR, NRC

Bihar became the first state with an NDA government to unanimously adopt a resolution to stick to the old National Population Register pro forma, adopting only the transgender column from the new format recommended by the Union home ministry.

The resolution, virtually a copy of chief minister Nitish Kumar’s response to the Centre’s letter seeking feedback on NPR, also states that “the National Register of Citizens is not needed in Bihar”.

None of the BJP members present in the state assembly—the party has 54 MLAs —opposed the resolution when the Speaker, Vijay Kumar Choudhary, sought to know if it had the consent of the ruling and opposition benches.

“For the smooth functioning of the House, it was essential for this resolution to be unanimously adopted,” Choudhary said.

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