Even as the BJP government in the country is emphasizing the importance of The National Register of Citizens (NRC) after implementing the same in the state of Assam, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday has said that Manoj Tiwari will be the first one to leave Delhi if it is implemented. Speaking at a press briefing, the Delhi CM was asked about his views on the implementation of NRC as promised by the Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari. Delhi CM Kejriwal then said that Tiwari will have to leave if NRC is implemented in Delhi, hinting at the Bihari identity of the BJP chief. "If NRC is implemented in Delhi, Manoj Tiwari ji will have to leave Delhi," he said.
Kejriwal, meanwhile, on Wednesday's press briefing announced yet another freebie for Delhi. He launched a new scheme called Mukhyamantri Kiraydaar Bilji Meter Yojana in which renters living in Delhi will also be able to avail the benefits of Delhi Government's Electricity Subsidy. Earlier, Kejriwal has announced a waiver in water bill, free metro service for women, waiver in electricity bill and free wi-fi at bus stops. With the Delhi assembly election scheduled next year, Kejriwal's announcements is seen as a poll-spree by the Opposition.
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. Anyone failing to do so will be declared a foreigner.
According to the NRC press release, 3,30,27,661 Assam residents have had to prove their Indian citizenship. Previously in December 2017, the first draft was published in which 140 lakh people were included. Further, in July 2018, the second draft was published where more than 40 lakh people were excluded. Apart from these drafts, an additional exclusion list was published on June 26, 2019, where names of 1,02,463 people were published. These persons were earlier included in the draft.