Once Citizenship Amendment Bill became a law, Muslims got anxious about losing citizenship.
The amended law says that non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan will be preferred when applying for Indian citizenship.
Muslims feared that through CAA, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, etc., who can't prove their citizenship in NRC will be welcomed, but they will be ignored. This drove them to take to streets demanding a rollback.
Clearly hoping to douse tensions, Nityanand Rai, the Minister of State (Home Affairs), submitted in the Parliament, "Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare NRC at the national level."
Notably, it was Rai's boss, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who explained the chronology that CAA will be implemented first followed by NRC to "remove" illegal immigrants from India.
PM Modi also said his government isn't thinking about NRC
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attempted to pacify the protesters.
He said, "I want to tell the 130 crore citizens of India that since my government has come to power, since 2014, there has been no discussion on NRC anywhere. Only after the Supreme Court's order, this exercise was done for Assam."
After his clarification, Shah toed the line as well.
No discussion or debate about NRC: Shah contradicted his statement
"There is no need to debate this (pan-India NRC) as there is no discussion on it right now, PM Modi was right, there is no discussion on it yet either in the Cabinet or Parliament," Shah, seen as number 2 in the government, said.