Amid the opposition protests over NRC, Harayana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that a registration like NRC should be done at National level. When asked if a registration will be done in the state regarding illegal immigrants, he said:
"A decision regarding this will be taken at central level. After that we'll act, as and when the states are directed. A registration of such kind should also be done at the national level"
Earlier, Congress decided to give TMC the lead in the matter concerning Assam's infiltrator debate. As per sources, the senior leaders of the congress party has informed party president Rahul Gandhi that going against the Assam accord may lead to issue that can have political ramifications in and outside Assam.
This came after Amit Shat mounted a scathing attack on Congress. It charged the party for not having the courage to identify illegal migrants in Assam, an exercise which was to be conducted as part of the Assam accord signed by Rajiv Gandhi in 1985. The move indicates the tightrope walk Congress had to take on the issue.
The Congress party is yet to declare which side of the NRC divide it is on, apart from its consistent questions on the process and procedures involved in the drafting of the register.
A political war between the ruling BJP and opposition parties erupted after the Assam Government released the second and final draft list of National Register of Citizens on Monday. What BJP termed 'a move against illegal migration', opposition called it a 'gameplan' of the saffron Party. The Ministry of Home Affairs urged the opposition parties to not politicise the 'sensitive' issue but to no avail. The final draft of NRC, which was released amid tight security on Monday, incorporated the names of 2,89, 83,677 persons that were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the second draft of the NRC. The names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final Draft of NRC.