Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Assam NRC deliberate attempt to target Bengalis, Biharis and Hindus: Mamata Banerjee

Assam NRC deliberate attempt to target Bengalis, Biharis and Hindus: Mamata Banerjee

"The NRC process has been done impartially".

"No genuine Indian citizens need to worry as there will be ample opportunities given to them to enlist their names in the final NRC", he told a news conference in Assam's biggest city Guwahati.

Singh also reiterated that people finding their names missing from the list could raise objections and appeals, and said that they would not be thrown into detention centers.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said "original citizens" of the state are being asked questions and this is creating division in the state based on caste and creed.

India on Monday effectively stripped four million people in Assam of citizenship, sparking fears of mass deportations of Muslims from the northeastern state.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said he had requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh to respond to queries on the National Register of Citizens, but the legislators continued to disrupt proceedings. I want to emphatically say that this is only a draft and not the final NRC.

Azmal Haque, 50, a resident of Chaygaon in Assam's Kamrup district, said his name was omitted despite submitting all "valid documents".

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Asking where the 40 lakh people will go, Sudip Bandyopadhyay (TMC) asked the Centre to ensure that justice should not be denied to the people who have been living in Assam for decades now. NRC chief Prateek Hajela, whose office has processed 66 million documents and spent almost $180 million in the whole NRC process, declined comment on the religion of people who would be removed from the register.

The tea-rich state of Assam has always been the centre of social and communal tensions with locals campaigning against illegal immigrants, a fight that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist-led Government has championed. "This is just an exercise to isolate the people who can vote positively and those who can't". The process took off at pace after the BJP government in Assam took oath in 2016.

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) published its final draft of citizens on Monday, and ruled that of the 32.9 million population of the state, only 28.9 million names were included in the final draft.

Activists and experts say the NRC process is not likely to solve the contentious citizenship issue as tens of thousands of people who have been marked as "Doubtful" or "D" voters, their descendants and those With pending cases in the Foreigners' Tribunal are not being considered by the NRC authorities.

All eyes would be on Assam as the government is set to release the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

"We consider them as applicants". "I also urge people not to make any communal statements and remain watchful against falling prey to rumours". Internet service has been snapped. We are anxious because people are being made refugees in their own country.

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