Politics over NRC in Assam: BJP, Congress engage in war of words

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Politics over NRC in Assam: BJP, Congress engage in war of words

"Bengalis are being threatened with eviction from Assam, being told your name not there on list", she said.

"No one will be victimised on the basis of caste and community".

Thus from the administration, security agencies to the common man, everyone knows that the publication of National Register of Citizens (NRC), which will finally establish whether a person is a bonafide citizen of India or not, might disturb the fragile peace in the northeastern state. The Supreme Court on December 5 overturned the Gauhati High Court order which refused to accept pradhan's certificate as an identity proof. Those who will be found to be illegal immigrants after the final list will also be treated humanely.

Taking credit for the publication of the draft NRC, Dass said it could be published only because of the efforts of the Supreme Court, the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state.

The NRC of 1951 is being updated in Assam under the supervision of the Supreme Court to identify original residents of the state in order to check illegal migration.

However, according to News18 Assam and NorthEast, Barua had rejected the NRC and said that this list is a conspiracy to "Indianise" the Assamese populace.

The so-called mistake of Mittal again exposes the fake rhetoric over which the whole illegal immigrants issue, fuelled and used by BJP, is based.

The SC, which is monitoring the entire process, had ordered that the first draft of the NRC be published by December 31 after completing the scrutiny of over two crore claims along with that of around 38 lakh people whose documents were suspected.

Though verification of the remaining applications would be taken up in the second phase, it is still a matter of serious concern that in those Seva Kendras of 13 districts, names of 90 percent people have been left out, he said.

Authorities have assured that there's no reason to panic if one's name is missing from the first draft.

When the NRC was first prepared in Assam way back in 1951, the state had 80 lakh citizens then. "This is going to be the only constitutional safeguard for the indigenous people of the state", he said. They are not detained. The situation is further compounded by that fact that many illegal migrants who were declared foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunals have either absconded to other states to evade arrest or are dead.

The issue of NRC update, however gained momentum in 2005 when former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed a tripartite agreement with AASU and Assam government (Congress under Tarun Gogoi) to update the NRC with March 24, 1971 as the cut off date.

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