Bengal BJP slams Mamata for her 'conspiracy' comment on NRC

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

Assam has long struggled to curb immigration from neighbouring Bangladesh and is the only Indian state to compile a register of citizens.

"My entire family's name is missing from the first draft". "The first NRC draft includes about 40% of the total applicants".

In Lok Sabha, Sushmita Dev raised the issue during Zero Hour and said the draft NRC list has created some panic for the simple reason that the authority had told the Supreme Court that they would release a list of 2.38 crore citizens and they have nearly finished verifying that. With Assam being pivotal to the BJP's growth strategy in the northeast, the Sarbananda Sonowal government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the smooth execution of the NRC project. Names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated in the draft.

On Monday, however, a man in Silchar, about 500 km (310.6 miles) from the state capital Guwahati, allegedly committed suicide because of the NRC publication.

"As far as NRC is concerned, everything is being supervised by the Supreme Court. She was unhappy that there was no disturbance after first draft NRC was published and could not gain any advantage", he added. So, my only request to the government is that no genuine citizen should be left out of that register, ” she said. State governments to which documents were sent for verification have been slow to respond.

While the historic move has elated most of the citizens of the state, yet many people found it disheartening not to find their names in the part draft NRC. "So they should not worry if their name has not figured in this list", said a senior central government official, requesting anonymity. Given these hurdles, and especially the delay caused by the slow disposal of cases by other state governments, it is to be seen when the next iteration of the list would be published, how many names appear therein and whether the government would be able to publish the final NRC by the end of 2018. Bangladesh has consistently denied that its citizens have illegally emigrated to India. He directed the DGP to keep strict vigil along the border outposts to check entrance of illegal immigrants.

A six-year agitation demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants was launched by the AASU in 1979.

The elusive Ulfa (I) chief has been leading an armed movement for "Ind-ependent Assam" from Myanmar and spent majority of life outside country.

"Illegal migrant" is a terminology to target Bengali-speaking Muslims who have been settled in Assam for generations. More than 855 indigenous agitators and hundreds of suspected illegal migrants from Bangladesh were killed during the Assam Agitation between 1979 and 1985.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Assam Public Works, an NGO in the Supreme Court in 2009 made much difference as the issue of foreigners reached the Apex Court which subsequently issued several orders for updating the NRC 1951 in Assam. At the same time, it also needs to spell out what it intends to do with the persons whose names do not figure in the final NRC.

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