Congress reacts to NRC leaving out 40 lakh people in Assam

Congress reacts to NRC leaving out 40 lakh people in Assam

The draft NRC, released on Monday by the Registrar General of India, Shailesh, and NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela in Guwahati, said that 3,29,91,384 people had applied for the NRC, while applications of 2,89,83,677 were accepted.

"On completion of verification of all applicants, the complete draft is being published", the government said in a statement. Asking where these 40 lakh people will go, Sudip Bandyopadhyay of TMC asked the Centre to ensure that justice should not be denied to the people who have been living in Assam for decades now.

In many cases, earlier documented by Al Jazeera, people have faced harassment and discrimination, with several individuals falsely marked "D" voters or declared foreigners. Still, my family's names are not on the list.

But critics claim the measure is part of a wider campaign to target the country's Muslim minority. Ghosh came down heavily on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her comments against the NRC in Assam and said she should stop doing vote bank politics on each and every issue. "We are going to fight it out".

Assam has been racked by waves of violence over the years as residents, including tribal groups, have clashed with both Hindu and Muslim settlers, whom they accuse of plundering resources and taking away jobs.

In 1983, scores of people were killed by machete-armed mobs intent on hounding out Muslim immigrants.

Asked whether West Bengal would give shelter to those whose names have not appeared in the final NRC draft, she said, "They have their homes ... they are inhabitants of Assam. Hence, there is no need for anyone to panic", he told reporters in New Delhi. "I want to assure all that there is no need for any apprehension or fear".

Yet India has no repatriation treaty with Bangladesh, said Nanigopal Mahanta, head of the political science department at Gauhati University in Assam, noting the message from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was clear.




Citizens left off the list will be able to appeal from August 30 to September 28, according to Sailesh, the registrar general of India, who goes by a single name.

Garg further said Government of India would closely monitor the law and order situation in the state in the aftermath of the publication of the complete draft of the updated NRC and any quarter trying to create trouble over the draft NRC issue would dealt with sternly as per the law of the land.

The NRC's first draft, released on December 31, confirmed the citizenship of 19 million people.

The NRC, however, told the Supreme Court this month that 150,000 people from the first list, a third of them married women, would be dropped from the next one, mainly because they provided false information or gave inadmissible documents.

Some Hindus were also not on Monday's list.

Activists say the process may lead to deportation of ethnic minorities - mostly Bengali-speaking Muslims - to Bangladesh.

The NRC is being updated under the Supreme Court supervision with March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for genuine Indian citizens in Assam.

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