TDN World Desk: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) President Syed Sadatullah Hussaini said that unless NPR is delinked from NRC by amending the rules they will boycott NPR.

On Saturday, days after Home Minister Amit Shah told the Rajya Sabha that no one will be marked as doubtful citizen during NPR excercise, “We the People of India”, and Alliance Against CAA–NRC-NPR”, held a press conference in New Delhi with a demand to amend the NPR rules, otherwise they will boycott NPR.

Speaking to media, the JIH President said, JIH President said: “The poor and marginalized will suffer if there is an NRC, as NPR is the first step towards NRC, we boycott it.

“The NRC should be delinked from NPR, this is a natural outcome of what the Home Minister said in Parliament. If the NPR Rules are amended by the government to delink NRC from NPR then we will participate in the NPR exercise.

“If the NPR Rules are not amened to delink the NRC from NPR then the assurances of the Home Minister do not have any practical significance and we will boycott NPR. Census is a very important process and very useful for policy-making. The census must not be linked to NPR, if NPR and Census are clubbed then even the Census will be impacted because of the boycott of NPR and we will not get correct data. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind supports the declaration made here regarding the boycott of NPR.”

The Press meet was attended by Yogendra Yadav, President of Swaraj India, Harsh Mander, Karwan-e-Muhabbat and other representatives from Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, Alliance Against CAA–NRC-NPR.