AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday questioned the NRC process asking as to how a cut-off date for it will be decided without the Supreme Court taking a decision on the constitutionality of section 6A of the Citizenship Act.
"NRC Assam costed over 1200 crores and imposed massive costs of life and livelihood on people of Assam. Imagine the human costs of a nationwide NRC. SC still has to determine the constitutionality of Section 6A of Citizenship Act, so what cut off date can they decide in its absence?" Owaisi said in a tweet.
Section 6A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 fixes March 25, 1971, as the cut-off date for granting citizenship to Bangladeshi migrants in Assam. The final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was published with 19 lakh people not included in it as opposition parties said it has raised fears that a large number of Indian citizens have been excluded. Prateek Hajela, the State Coordinator of NRC, had said that over three crore people were found eligible for inclusion in the final NRC.
"A total of 3,11,21,004 persons are found eligible for inclusion in final NRC, leaving out 19,06,657 persons, including those who did not submit their claims," Hajela had said in a statement. He had said those who are not satisfied with the outcome of the claims can appeal before the Foreigners Tribunals.
Slamming RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for taking issue with the term 'lynching' rather than the acts itself, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday, reminded Bhagwat that the victims of lynching were Indians. He questioned who had garlanded the convicts and draped them in the tricolor. Taking a shot at Bhopal BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya, he stated that we now had a 'Godse-loving' MP. He clarified that Bhagwat had not directed to stop lynching, but had said 'don't call it that'.
Earlier in the day, the RSS chief had stated that the term 'lynchings' should not be used to defame the country while addressing the Vijayadasami function at Nagpur. He claimed that 'lynching' is a foreign concept and said that such incidents defame India and its citizens.
"Lynching is not the word from Indian ethos. Its origin is from a story in a separate religious text. We Indians trust in brotherhood. Don't impose such terms on Indians," he said.
Earlier in the day, Owaisi took the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to task for his 'Bharat is a Hindu Rashtra' comment on October 9. The AIMIM chief took to Twitter and said the idea of Hindu Rashtra is based on Hindu supremacy. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat addressed a rally at the RSS Dussehra Celebrations on Tuesday where he made this statement.
In his tweet, Asaduddin Owaisi said, "The idea of Hindu Rashtra is based on Hindu supremacy. It means the subjugation of anyone who isn’t Hindu. Minorities will only be ‘allowed’ to live in India. According to the Constitution, we’re India i.e Bharat. Hindu Rashtra is a flight of fantasy borne out of insecurities."
(With ANI inputs)