Home minister Rajnath Singh said Assam NRC is impartial

Larry Hoffman
July 30, 2018

All the claims, counterclaims and objections from the people who left out of the citizens' list would be taken up from August 30.

During the meeting, political parties assured the state government of extending cooperation in the NRC updation process.

Assam is the first Indian state where the NRC is being updated after 1951, with March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date, to include names of "genuine Indian citizens". That leave 40,07, 707 applicants out of the final draft NRC.

Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal state, called the list part of the central government's "divide-and-rule policy" and said it would make people "refugees" in their own country, according to NDTV.

The NRC draft will be published tomorrow. Chaygaon is about 50 km from Assam's capital city Guwahati.

In many cases, earlier documented by Al Jazeera, people have faced harassment and discrimination, with several individuals falsely marked "D" voters or declared foreigners. "I am surprised why the names of our family members were not there".

The indigenous Assamese people have long complained of large numbers of Bangladeshi Muslims coming into the state and changing its demography.

The following remark by the Bengal CM comes after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had claimed that the following NRC data is just a draft and the final list will be released in December. So many Muslims are there, Bengalis are there, Biharis are there... In 1983, more than 2,000 suspected Muslim migrants were massacred by a mob in the village of Nellie.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the Indian citizens whose names are not included in Monday's list need not worry. I want to assure all that there is no need for any apprehension or fear.

Women queue to check their names on the final draft of the National Register of Citizens in Assam's Morigoan district. AFP
Women queue to check their names on the final draft of the National Register of Citizens in Assam's Morigoan district. AFP

"Nowhere else in India have we carried out such an exercise to have a list of (Indian) nationals", said National Register of Citizens Coordinator Prateek Hajela.

"I will like to reiterate the Government of India's stand that no person whose name has not figured in the NRC draft could be referred to Foreigners' Tribunals or to detention camps".

"If the government has made a decision to brand us foreigners what can we do?"

The part draft, published on December 31 past year, had the names of 1.9 crore people.

Around 40 lakh people have been left out of the list.

"Whatever work is going on in the NRC, is happening under the supervision of the Supreme Court".

Some Hindus were also not on Monday's list. Its a plan to throw out Bengali-speaking people and Biharis.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said "original citizens" of the state are being asked questions and this is creating division in the state based on caste and creed.

"The NRC [National Register of Citizens] is trying to finish us off".

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