Opposing the Centre's recently implemented National Registry of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Monday, has hit out at the exercise, while addressing a gathering in Kolkata. She assured the residents that NRC will never be imposed on Bengal. Stating that just one official document was needed to prove one's citizenship, she said that one can file FIR in case of lost documents. She also added that no one was asking documents from 1971, but current documents.
"This is all done for political purposes. Hindus and Muslims have been left out of this sham. We will never allow this to happen (in Bengal). Do not worry. BJP is trying to instill fear, do not believe them. Do not watch TV channels trying to scare you for TRP. If you have lost any documents you can file an FIR, nothing to worry. Who says you have to find documents from 1971? You just need one document to be a part of the list. Just one document - be it driving licence or any other document. If you ask me my mother's birth certificate, how can I get that? Have faith on us." she said.
This comment from the Trinamool chief comes four days after her meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Thursday. She had discussed issues like NRC in Assam and Digital Ration Card with Shah while handing him a letter about 19 lakh people in Assam, being excluded from the NRC list. Talking to reporters after the meeting, she stated that she had pointed about various communities left out from the final NRC list. She also added that that Home Minister Amit Shah said nothing about NRC in Bengal as there was no need for it.
Earlier on September 14, the Assam Government on Saturday has released the results for all the 3.3 crore NRC applicants online only. As shared on its official website, this full-fledged list has the name of the applicants as per Draft NRC and the supplementary list of Inclusions and Exclusions. All family members can now check their final status online. Previously on August 31, the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) state coordinator's office released the final NRC list. 3,11,21,004 Assam residents have been found eligible, while 19,06,657 Assam residents have been found ineligible.
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.