Rahul Gandhi Says – Be it NRC or NPR, it is a Tax Imposed on Poor People of India.
A video doing rounds widely on social media alleges to show Rahul Gandhi saying – Be it NRC or NPR, it is a Tax on Poor people of India. The video also accompanies funny reactions of people laughing as to how the Indian National Congress Party leader can say something like it. Many viewers even wondered if he said it for real or not. The video and the saying of Rahul Gandhi are real.
Rahul Gandhi Calls NRC /NPR a Tax on Poor People
On 27th December 2019, Rahul Gandhi visited Chhattisgarh to open a National Tribal Dance Festival at Raipur. Later he spoke to media persons taking jibe on the BJP government rule. His saying translated into full English:
“Earlier, entire world used to believe China and India are growing fast together economically. Today, in entire world, there’s saying that violence is going on in India..women are not allowed to roam on roads..and unemployment is more than 45 years. But Narendra Modi is not able to explain all this, may be he does not understand what and how all this happened. Earlier, he used to joke around, now he is not able to do the work of a Prime Minister“.
Afterwards, a media person asks Rahul Gandhi about NPR and NRC, What he has to say about them. Rahul Gandhi’s response as he linked them to Demonetization and others:
“See, be it NRC or NPR, it is a Tax on poor people of India. You understand the demonetization? Demonetization was a tax on poor people of India. Go to bank, give money, do not withdraw money from your own account. And whole of that money..goes to those 15-20 people. This is also just the same. Poor people have to go to government officers, show their documents, give bribe in case there’s any mistake in name. Crores of money from poor people will again go into the pockets of those 15 people. This is the truth“.
Likewise, Rahul Gandhi also said NRC or NPR is an attack on poor people, and now they are asking how they will get jobs.
About NRC and NPR
As a matter of fact, the National Population Register (NPR) is a Register of usual residents of the country, including both the citizens and non-citizens. It is mandatory for every usual resident of India to register in the NPR. The objective of it is to create a comprehensive identity database of every usual resident in the country. You can read more about it on Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India website censusindia.gov.in.
On the other hand, The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register of all Indian citizens. It has been implemented for the state of Assam between 2013–2014. The BJP government plans to implement NRC for the rest of India in 2021 along with census.
Response from BJP Member
After the strange comments of Rahul Gandhi on NPR and NCR, Union Minister of BJP, Prakash Javedkar responded to it while speaking to media:
“If there was a category for the liar of the year, he (Rahul) would be its recipient. His comments used to embarrass his family. His lies embarrass his party and the entire country.
Today, Rahul said that NPR is a tax on the poor. NPR is a population register. The information provided by the people is listed in it. From where does tax feature in it? Tax is a culture of the Congress – Jayanti tax, Coal tax, 2G tax, Jija ji tax,” Prakash Javedkar told reporters.
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