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Odisha Chief Minister assured the Muslim community that his government will not implement the NRC

Bhubaneswar:13/12/19: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today is learnt to have assured the Muslim community in the State that his government will not implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Further, Patnaik is said to have allayed fears and apprehensions of the Muslim community over possible problems with the enactment of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which has been passed by both Houses of the Parliament and talks of implementing NRC across the country.

The Chief Minister is said to have made the commitments in the course of a meeting with a delegation of the Muslim community hailing from Bhadrak, Balasore, and Jajpur which had come to meet him to share their concerns over the safety of their community with passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Parliament and talks of NRC being implemented across the country.

“Now CAB has been adopted by both houses of Parliament. There are talks over NRC being implemented across the country. There is a fear especially among the members of the Muslim community all over India on what will come next. There are murmurs that detention camps will be set up and those who cannot prove their citizenship will be kept in these camps. Chief Minister assured us that traditions that have been followed for generations will continue. He said we will stay together as we have stayed for generations,” informed  Jamil Ahmed Khan, Member, Chauda Mahala Muslim Jamat, Bhadrak

On being questioned what was the Chief Minister’s view on implementation of NRC in the State since his party has supported CAB 2019 in the Parliament, Khan said:”Chief Minister explained to us that CAB and the NRC are two different issues. He said that his party has opposed NRC in Parliament and he is not going to implement it in the State. He told us there is nothing to worry about”.

“We have been staying here for generations together. We shared our apprehensions with the Chief Minister. He assured us that we won’t face any problem,” Mohammad Abdul Bari, President, Chauda Mahala Muslim Jamat, Bhadrak.

Bhadrak MLA Sanjib Kumar Mallick who had accompanied the delegation told reporters that the Chief Minister has assured the delegation that there was nothing to worry about.

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