After the Assam Government released the second and final draft list of National Register of Citizens, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Congress have started a political fight over the final NRC draft.
While the TMC has given an adjournment notice in the Lok Sabha demanding citizenship debate, the Assam unit of Congress has accused BJP of “trying to polarise Assam”.
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora said:
“BJP government is trying to polarise Assam. People were not counted on flimsy grounds. 40 lakh is a huge number. We will continue to work for these people. We urge people to maintain peace.”
CPI’s D Raja also reacted to the NRC draft list and said:
“It is a serious issue which needs to be examined. People of Assam and Manipur are agitating on this issue. It is the union government's responsibility to take cognizance of the issue and talk to the states."
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the NRC exercise is fully transparent and "unnecessary fear-mongering is being done by those who are opposing the NCR draft."
"The NRC exercise is fully transparent. There is no question of coercive action," said Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
"It's a draft, not a final list," he added.
In a big move against illegal immigration, the Assam government on Monday released the second and final draft of NRC. As per the exercise, which was directly monitored by the Supreme Court, those who entered Assam after March 24, 1971, will be viewed as illegal immigrants.
2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the second draft of the NRC while names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final Draft NRC.
While announcing the second list, Shri Shailesh, Registrar General of India, said the process was completely transparent, fair and meticulously carried out. He also said that those who were found ineligible can file claims and objections.
"It is a draft NRC not final NRC. Their may be objection into draft NRC. People will get ample opportunity to file claims and objections," he said.