"Don't Know Parents' Birthplace, Will Go To Detention Camp": Ashok Gehlot

The Chief Minister said the BJP government in Assam has refused to implement the NRC.

"It is the right of a government to make a law but a government should rule as per the sentiments of the people. Like Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, protests are being held at many places across the country, including Rajasthan. The government should understand public sentiments," he said.

Mr Gehlot said several chief ministers were against the CAA. "We want the centre to reconsider its decision," he added.

Home Minister Amit Shah has said there is no discussion on a nationwide NRC right now. He made the comment in December after Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared to contradict him on the controversial subject at the core of protests across the nation.

"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," Mr Shah had said.

The Home Minister's clarification came after days of protests across the country against the CAA and the NRC. The NRC, meant to target illegal migrants, was carried out in Assam earlier this year and left out 19 lakh people. Many of them are now in detention centres. The opposition alleges that along with the new citizenship law, NRC can be used to target Muslims.

Before the Delhi election, PM Modi had said at a rally that there was no talk of a nationwide rollout of the NRC. "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," said the PM.

The comment by PM Modi was instantly compared with Mr Shah's multiple assertions in parliament and outside about NRC being applied to the "whole country". Even on November 20 last year, Mr Shah had said in parliament: "NRC will happen in the entire country and at that time this will be implemented in Assam as well. And I once again want to make it clear that people of any religion do not need to be scared."