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Campaign against CAA, NPR, NRC takes off in Bhopal: Enumerators to face messages against the exercise

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Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

BHOPAL: The campaign to display messages against NPR, NRC and Citizenship Act, has gained momentum in Madhya Pradesh.

Bhopal legislator Arif Masood has started the drive to put up the messages and stickers at the doors--a message for enumerators that they aren't welcome and that the households won't cooperate with any such exercise. 

Masood started the drive from Bapu Colony near Rajdhani Petrol Pump, Dhobighat and the localities that have high Dalit and Backward Caste population in the constituency. It also mentions, 'Kagaz nahi dikhayenge--Samvidhan bachayenge' (won't show documents, will save constitution).

Besides, meetings are being held at the ward level to create awareness in this regard. Masood said that the Census Act has no mention of the register and the section 14A was added later. He also said that rules were made after the law was promulgated which is wrong. He said that the information that is being sought infringers on citizens' right to privacy. 

"The campaign has started from the constituency I represent (Bhopal central) and it will take place everywhere in the state", said the Congress leader. Masood had recently said that if the NPR was implemented and the people's worries were not taken into account then he will not like to be part of the government.

Subsequently, Congress issued a statement that there won't be NPR 'right now'. However, while the Congress governments have said that the NPR would not be conducted and politicians have reiterated it, there are still worries among people as training of personnel for the NPR releated work is on and officials haven't categorically said that NPR would not take place.

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

Journalist for more than 20 years. Had started his career with National Mail in the nineties. Worked as Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, as an Assistant Editor with DB Post, later Contributing Editor with The Huffington Post, writes for First Post, The Wire, Newsd & several other major publications.