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The government told Parliament on Tuesday that it has not yet taken a decision on a nationwide register of citizens.

The clarification came amid a high-decibel debate in Parliament on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA, the National Population Register (NPR), and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

“Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare NRC at the national level," Nityanand Rai, minister of state for home affairs, told the Lok Sabha in response to a question by Nama Nageswara Rao of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

The Opposition alleges the government does not have a definitive stand on the issue. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee attacked the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over NRC, claiming its precursor was NPR. She appealed to other non-BJP leaders to carefully study the questions and criteria of the NPR form before taking a decision on updating it.

The government also clarified that no document would be collected during the NPR exercise, while providing Aadhaar detail was only voluntary. “No document is to be collected during the updating of NPR," Rai said.

Meanwhile, both Houses of Parliament discussed the motion of thanks on President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the joint sitting. Opposition parties took on the Union government over the issue of CAA and accused it of engaging in the politics of polarization.

Congress leader and former Union minister Shashi Tharoor alleged that the government had failed on various fronts and, therefore, its schemes should be renamed as “sit down, shut down and shut up India". Tharoor said the Centre had reduced Parliament to a “notice board", which prompted Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to say the Opposition should not target democratic institutions.

The motion was also taken up in Rajya Sabha by senior BJP leader Bhupender Yadav, who attacked the Opposition for “poisoning young minds through hate-filled speeches" in the name of freedom of expression during the anti-CAA protests.

Senior leaders in the Rajya Sabha, including Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, took on the government during the course of the discussion.

The discussion in both Houses of Parliament will continue on Wednesday.

PTI contributed to this story

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