All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi called upon Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao not to allow updation of census in the name of NPR (National Population Register), terming it as proxy for the controversial NRC (National Register of Citizens).

Addressing party primary committee members at Darussalam here on Monday, he said that Majlis was ready for a long drawn fight against collection of data that would further damage the secular fabric of the nation guaranteed by the Indian Constitution.

“Even under the supervision of the Apex court, five lakh Muslims were alienated in Assam while an equal number of Bengali Hindus were granted Indian Citizenship. As per the law the issue has to be solved at the Foreigner Tribunal. How many of you will be able to do that in a country where only 6 per cent of the total population have passports,” he said.

“My question is who are you to ask me about my citizenship? Does the government know how many in India have birth certificates. Crores of poor Indians have no such proof, can the municipal offices meet such huge demand if everyone applies for one,” he said.

Urging the Prime Minister to withdraw Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) and drop the idea of NPR and NRC , Asaduddin said the PM as guardian of the Indian Constitution must protect all people as one.

Urging all sections of people to attend the proposed rally on January 10 in Hyderabad organised by AIMIM and the United Muslim Action Committee against the CAA-NPR-NRC, Asaduddin said the rally would be peaceful. He urged party cadre to bring national tricolour while attending the rally.

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