Rahul Gandhi slams BJP for 'tardy' Assam NRC final draft

Charlene Craig
July 30, 2018

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday reacted sharply on the exclusion of over 40 lakh names in Assam's draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), saying people with Aaadhar cards and passports are not in the list. Ultimately it is Bengal which will suffer. "I request the centre that amendments be moved so that these 40 lakh people get to stay in Assam", he said.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, on the other hand, had urged people to refrain from making "inflammatory" remarks in the wake of the publication of the final NRC draft, an official release said. It is a plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis.

# 12:24 pm: I am very happy and relieved, my name and the names of my family members have been included in the draft list: Rinju Hussain, local on NRC Assam draft list.

Villagers wait outside the National Register of Citizens (NRC) centre to get their documents verified by government officials, at Mayong Village in Morigaon district, in the northeastern state of Assam, India July 8, 2018.

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Within that period, the applicants can file their claims which will be resolved after proper hearings.

"Everything is being done as per the Supreme Court order". This means that the names of 40.07 lakh have been left out. "It's not the final list". No coercive action will be taken against anyone, hence there is no need for anyone to panic, says Rajnath Singh.

Sailesh, the registrar, who uses one name, gave no breakup of those who had failed to make the draft list, adding: "Based on this draft, there is no question of anyone being taken to detention centers or foreigners' tribunals".

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across the state to maintain law and order, with district deputy commissioners and superintendents of police being directed to maintain a strict vigil, a senior police official said. The biggest challenge for India would be to deal with these people who will become stateless if their names do not make it to the final list.

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If a person's name does not appear in the draft then he or she will have to apply in prescribed forms in their respective Sewa Kendras and these forms will be available from August 7 to September 28 and the authorities will inform them about reason for their names being left out.

Out of 3.29 crore applicants for the NRC, 2.89 crores have been found eligible for inclusion in the complete draft of NRC, that was released in Guwahati on Monday morning.

The next step will be to file the claim in another prescribed form which will be available from August 30 to September 28.

The Supreme Court-monitored updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a "secular exercise" and no particular community was targeted, and all genuine Indian nationals will be given adequate opportunities to prove their citizenship, the officer said.

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The All Assam Students Union (AASU) has also set up a 24-hour control room at its central office to help people.

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