India's Assam on the edge over 'polarizing' National Record of Citizens

People check for their names in the final draft of the NRC in Gohpur on Tuesday

People check for their names in the final draft of the NRC in Gohpur on Tuesday

"Only to win polls people can't be victimised".

"Dating back to Partition, there are a great number of people living around the India-Bangladesh border whose citizenship of either country is poorly documented", he told SBS. But the fact of the matter is that there is no illegal immigrant from Bangladesh in India.

She said her family arrived in India before 1971 but she expected to be stripped of her Indian citizenship and feared her land rights, voting rights and freedom would be in peril. The BJP and NRC authorities have repeatedly denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, she also hit out at Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal-led government, saying people who recently voted for the incumbent government in the state and at the Centre, have been declared as refugees in their own country.

As the heated argument over NRC draft in Assam continues, fresh demands are emerging for its extension to other states in the country such as Bengal Bihar and Delhi. It is not only the Bengalis, it is the minorities, it is Hindus, it is Bengalis, it is Biharis.

As many as 4 million people were left out of the second and final draft published on Monday out of 32.9 million, who had applied for inclusion in the NRC.

"A new revolution, to defeat the alien enemy, is beckoning", a young woman sings, "bravely let us shield our motherland". "Today these people can not even vote", she added.

Participating in the debate in the Parliament BJP President Amit Shah said that Congress did not have the gut to implement NRC.

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It was taken forward by Sarbananda Sonowal's BJP government after it came to power in 2016. Biometrics for those not on the list? .

Registrar General of India Sailesh said, "This is a draft, we will wait for the final one. Our documents were the same and in fact, I had to establish my marriage to my husband", she said.

Following an outcry from rights groups over possible harassment of Muslims in Assam, Interior Minister Rajnath Singh said that the NRC exercise was being carried out in an impartial and transparent manner. However, the Supreme Court earlier today averred that all those whose names haven't been included in the list must be given a fair chance to substantiate their claims.

In June 2018, four United Nations human rights experts sent a letter to the Indian government raising concerns over the NRC process being discriminatory "in light of the history of discrimination and violence faced by Muslims of Bengali origin due to their status as ethnic, religious and linguistic minority and their perceived foreignness".

"How do you propose to do the standard operating procedure?"

"No. As I said, it is a local political issue, " he said when asked for his view about references to Bangladesh vis-à-vis illegal migrants despite enjoying good ties with India.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi yesterday dubbed the execution of the critical and highly sensitive exercise as tardy.

In an intervention during Zero Hour, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said that not all the 40 lakh people, who have not found a place in the draft NRC, were foreigners.

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