Oppn trusts BJP's allies in the fight against CAB, national NRC

NEW DELHI: The opposition led by Congress is eager to match the BJP government's attempt to pass the (CAB) in Parliament, optimistic that key saffron allies can break ranks in the controversial legislation.

The success of the Center in ensuring the adoption of bills on triple talaq and Kashmir has revealed the fact that Rajya Sabha leaned toward BJP after five years of fighting. But in the CAB, the opposition hopes that its controversial nature can resist. It is believed that the BJP allies of Bihar, Tamil Nadu and the Northeast will have reservations about the legislation, which according to the government will be followed by a pan-India (NRC).

“NRC is not acceptable in Bihar and Tamil Nadu, and has political repercussions. We still have to reach any party, but we believe we can fight hard, said a Congress strategist. While the CAB will facilitate citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from neighboring countries, a national NRC will launch an exercise to eliminate illegal immigrants and strip them of citizenship. The NRC launched in Assam to identify settlers from Bangladesh, but BJP rejected it after a large number of Hindus were excluded.

The northeast region is in arms against CAB because locals feel that citizenship for settlers would jeopardize the demographics of largely tribal states. The Center is committed to the Northeast to find a compromise, with offers to exempt certain tribal areas and even states within the scope of CAB.

Many political parties believe that a national NRC is a source of destabilization. Against the backdrop, the opposition is optimistic to make a game of the new confrontation in Rajya Sabha. TMC's attitude suggests that this time there may not be an important division in the ranks of the opposition, unlike triple talaq and Article 370. But for a dissent of the ruling alliance, the opposition may find that things get difficult. In recent months, BJP has increased to a force of 81 in the upper house, while Congress has 46 deputies.