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FACT CHECK: Arvind Kejriwal misleads again, people can prove citizenship even if they don't have a 'birth certificate'

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A person who does not have a birth certificate can also prove their citizenship by providing several documents including one's board certificate.

After the implementation of National Register Citizenship in Assam, the central government's Citizenship Amendment Act and nationwide implementation of the National Register of Citizenship have managed to be in the headlines for months. The BJP government has been targetted by the opposition citing that both the acts will be used in conjunction to disenfranchise Muslims. 

The central government is set to launch the nationwide National Population Register (NPR), which has also created a buzz as it alleged that to be the first step towards the National Register of Citizens (NRC) all over India. The is an ongoing debate that which of documents will be in the list of acceptable ones, during the nationwide implementation of NRC

Recently, third-time Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal made a claim in the assembly that under the two processes citizens will be asked to prove citizenship by birth certificates, something that is not available with 90% of the people. 

"Under the NPR and NRC, the public will be asked to prove their citizenship. Ninety percent of the people have no official birth certificate to prove this. Will everyone be sent to the detention centre? This fear is haunting everyone. My appeal to the Centre is to stop NPR and NRC," Kejriwal said.

While passing a resolution against the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Kejriwal also stated that even in Delhi’s assembly of 70 legislators, only nine had birth certificates.

AAP MLA, Sanjeev Jha shared the video of CM's speech on Twitter and wrote, "What will happen to the demand of documents on NRC / NPRArvind Kejriwal proved in front of everyone in the House. Share this video as much as possible " 

At the time of writing this article, this video received more than 2200 retweets.

Another AAP MLA also shared the video. 

This video also received more than 3000 retweets. 

In his speech, Delhi CM, an IIT Kharagpur alumni, and former IPS officer suggests that if a person does not have a 'birth certificate' which is a must for 'proving one's citizenship', he/she will be sent to a detention camp. 

However, in our investigation, we found statements by Delhi's Chief Minister to be baseless and completely misleading.

Firstly, there is no clarity on NRC as the nationwide NRC has not been proposed. Secondly, Arvind Kejriwal claims that four members of his family and other 61 AAP MLAs don't have documents (birth certificate) to prove their date of birth, and hence will not be able to prove their citizenship, is also baseless as one can also prove their citizenship by submitting School leaving certificate and 10th school certificate. 

Even during the contentious NRC in Assam, Board/University Educational Certificate were admissible documents. One can find the list of admissible documents for proving citizenship in Assam here

A board certificate can be used as a document to prove one's date of birth almost everywhere, including while applying for a Passport

Therefore, a person who does not have a birth certificate can also prove their citizenship by providing several documents including one's board certificate. 

Clearly, the Chief Minister of the country's capital, Arvind Kejriwal, instead of educating people, is deliberately lying and misinforming people about NRC and NPR. 

No Documents Needed For NPR, Nobody Will Be Classified Doubtful: Amit Shah

Replying to a discussion on the Delhi violence in Rajya Sabha, Amit Shah has already clarified that no document needs to be submitted under NPR. People can give whatever information they have and leave the other questions blank.

This is not the first time when Arvind Kejriwal has misled and misinformed people on CAA and NRC. Earlier also, we have debunked AAP's claim that 'if NRC is implemented in Delhi then people from other states will have to leave.'

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