09:04 GMT10 August 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The National Population Register (NPR) will identify citizens by collecting their biometric and demographic specifics for a comprehensive identity database.

    The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Karnataka State unit posted a video on Twitter on Saturday showing female Muslim voters displaying their voter Identity cards during the ongoing Delhi elections.

    Taking a jibe at these voters in the video, the BJP said: “Keep the documents safe, you will need to show them again during #NPR exercise” in a reference to the National Population Register, a biometric database of ordinary residents of India.

    BJP’s tweet came in response to a popular slogan, chanted by protesters demonstrating against the Indian government's policies of NPR, which would require people to produce proof of their citizenship, “Kaagaz Nahi Dikayenge Hum", meaning "We won’t show our documents".

    The national party faced the ire of citizens after sharing the video with an objectionable post in the current sensitive environment where protests and demonstrations are currently ongoing against the government’s policy.

    ​The NPR exercise, which was first carried out in 2010 under the Congress party-led coalition government, is being scrutinised by Indian opposition parties who are drawing a link between the NPR and National Register of Citizens (NRC) – a proposed nationwide exercise to identify genuine citizens of India and deport illegal immigrants.

    Opposition parties have argued that the federal government has referred to the NPR as “laying the foundation of the NRC”. States such as West Bengal and Kerala have also passed resolutions to delay the exercise.

    However, India’s Home Minister Amit Shah clarified on national television during an interview saying, “I am clearly stating this … NPR is a register of population, NRC is a register of citizens. There is no link between the two…”


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