Asaduddin Owaisi fulminated against RSS' chief Mohan Bhagwat's closed-door assertation that 'not a single Hindu' will have to leave the country over National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. In multiple tweets, AIMIM chief, Owaisi taking RSS to task said that the organisation is 'allergic' to the India of a modern and inclusive India. And that 'only RSS' can think 'Indian-ness' is equated to faith, not birth.
Owaisi in a tweet said, "The confidence with which BJP was pushing All India NRC has now been replaced with having to assuage Hindu fears of exclusion. Mohan Bhagwat thinks a few documents make you Indian. If you’re undocumented, then your religion is likely to save you."
"Only an organisation as exclusionary and anti-India as RSS can think that 'Indian-ness' is a question of faith & not birth. They’re allergic to the very idea of a modern & inclusive India," Owaisi added.
In a closed-door meeting with BJP and other allied organisations in at Uluberia in Howrah, Mohan Bhagwat claimed that 'not a single Hindu' will have to leave the country over NRC.
Quoting an RSS functionary, the news agency PTI said, "Mohan Bhagwatji has clearly said that not a single Hindu will have to leave this country. He said that Hindus, who came to India after being tortured and persecuted in other nations, will stay."
The RSS chief alleviated the concerns of over 12 lakh Hindus out of the 19 lakh people who did not make their way into the NRC list. Assam's BJP government had also claimed that more Hindus than Muslims were excluded from the draft NRC, and placed in the state assembly a district-wise list of exclusions, ignoring an apex court directive of secrecy.
The state government had claimed the data reflected that more people were excluded from the list in districts inhabited by indigenous people than those on the India-Bangladesh border, implying that the NRC draft was flawed as illegal Muslim immigrants were more likely to be present in the frontier districts.
The NRC was first prepared in 1951 under the purview of the Census Act, 1948. An updation process was started in 2013 and ended with the receipt of forms by the NRC authorities on 31 August 2015. The process aimed at separating genuine Indian citizens from undocumented immigrants living in Assam. As per NRC terms, a resident has to prove that they or their ancestors entered Assam before midnight on March 24, 1971. The Centre has said that those failing to do so may not be deported.
(With PTI inputs)