NRC Assam issue sends political temperatures soaring

Assam NRC Reuters new

Assam NRC Reuters new

"More than 40 lakhs people voted yesterday for the ruling party and suddenly today they have been made refugees in their own country", she said.

The court was informed on Tuesday by the State Co-ordinator of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) Prateek Hajela that the draft NRC would be available till August 7 for people to check and submit claims and objections till the end of September. Former chief minister and AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who was the first to point out to the Centre in 1980 as the leader of the anti-foreigners movement to update the NRC of 1951 to detect illegal immigration, said, "Had it not been for SC, the NRC would have never got updated".

On 20th July, 2009, Sharma moved the Supreme Court with his petition and in 2014, based on it, the apex court ordered the Centre to publish the draft of the NRC by 31 January, 2016.

"What has been published is a complete draft NRC".

"Don't genuine citizens of this country have human rights?"

However, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already given a statement urging political parties not to politicise such a sensitive issue.

The report said that out of 3.29 crore people, names of 2.89 crore have been included in the draft NRC.

Asserting that the present situation can not go on, Banerjee said she would continue voicing her opposition against the ruling party.

There are many more who are facing the same plight and are now waiting for the authorities to inform them of the reason behind the omission of their names. There are many children and women among them. "The threat of civil war has already once divided the country". While addressing a gathering here, Banerjee underscored that India-Pakistan-Bangladesh were one nation before partition.

"This issue is also the product of the historic, cultural and religious politics of the region", says Alex Davis, a research fellow with La Trobe University Department of Politics and Philosophy and the Australia India Institute.

Banerjee claimed people with documents like voter cards, passports, bank accounts and Aadhaar cards have not been recognised as citizens. "The security of our borders is the government's top priority", he said.

Suban was seated with his wife at their house a few hundred metres from a vast paddy field where, in 1983, scores of people were chased down and killed by machete-armed mobs intent on hounding out Muslim immigrants.

"We are certain that the problem of illegal influx in Assam, especially from Bangladesh, will be resolved".

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the inauguration of a hydroelectric power plant in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, May 19, 2018.

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