People Left Out in NRC Draft Can Still Vote: Rawat

Those Left Out can File Claims and Objections Says Satyendra Garg on NRC Draft

Four million excluded from Indian state's draft list of citizens

"They can raise objections and appeal and will have to complete the procedure then it will be decided whether their name will be in the list or not", he said.

Assam witnessed the publication of the complete draft of the NRC yesterday in which 2,89,83,677 people were included out of a total 3,29,91,384 applicants. Paresh Baruah, who launched his revolution for "sovereignty" of Assam almost 40 years ago and leading it reportedly now from somewhere along the China-Myanmar border, has his name in the complete draft also, along with the names of five of his family members, according to his brother Bikul Baruah.

A bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and RF Nariman directed the Centre to place the SOP before it for approval by August 16 and said it should be fair and giving reasonable opportunity to contest exclusion.

"In this regard, the Court would like to observe that what has been published is only the Complete Draft NRC which naturally being a draft can not be the basis of any action by any authority". "Thereafter they can file their claims and objections and after decision on the claims, final list of NRC will be published".

Targeting the Opposition, he wondered who among the 40 lakh people whose names were struck off the draft list, they wanted to save.

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The Centre has despatched 220 companies of the central armed police forces to gear up security in Assam and the neighbouring states.

Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party said among those affected were Hindus and Muslims alike, and even those from the States such as Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi should tell the country what is the stand of his party on the issue of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. "We will modify it if necessary".

Activists and experts say the NRC process is not likely to solve the contentious citizenship issue as tens of thousands of people who have been marked as "Doubtful" or "D" voters, their descendants and those With pending cases in the Foreigners' Tribunal are not being considered by the NRC authorities. "The government is working as per the instruction and supervision of the Supreme Court". It was taken forward by Sarbananda Sonowal's BJP government after it came to power in 2016.

A final list is expected in December, but rights activists fear it might strip citizenship from many, especially Muslims, who have lived in the region for decades.

The government said those missing from the list would have a chance to resubmit documents between August 30 and September 28, and had the option to appeal at the foreigners' tribunal.

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