New Delhi: A day after Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) left over 40 lakh in the lurch, unsure of their citizenship, the Supreme Court on Tuesday, said there would be no coercive action by authorities against them, observing that it was merely a draft.
The top court asked the Centre to formulate modalities and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) including timelines for deciding claims and objections arising out of the publication of the draft NRC.
Also on Tuesday, BJP president Amit Shah asked the Opposition if they care more about the rights of Indians, or illegal migrants from Bangladesh. “It (NRC) will be implemented to the last full stop and comma,” he said.
On her part, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that the NRC exercise in Assam was done with a “political motive”to divide people, and warned that it would lead to “bloodbath and a civil war” in the country.
In a statement after meeting Banerjee, Union home minister Rajnath Singh issued a statement stating that the draft NRC had been prepared in accordance with the provisions of Assam Accord and under the monitoring of the Supreme Court.
Assam, which has faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state that has an NRC, which was first prepared in 1951.
Ex-Prez’s kin, BJP MLA’s wife missing from NRC
1 Exclusion of names of family members in the final NRC draft has emerged as a major concern for many among the over 40 lakh applicants whose names did not figure in the list.
2 Ziauddin, son of former president Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s brother Lt Ekramuddin Ali Ahmed, could not find his family members’ names in the final draft.
3 Prominent personalities whose names are missing include Archana Paul, the wife of BJP MLA from Cachar Dilip Paul, and former Cong legislator Ataur Mazarbhuiya.
4 A professor at the Cotton State University, Prasanta Chakraborty, said the names of his two elder brothers have been included in the final draft but those of their wives and children are missing.
India’s problem, not ours: Bangladesh minister
- Bangladesh information minister Hasanul-Haque Inu told CNN-News18, ‘This (NRC) is an internal issue for Assam and India, Bangladesh has nothing to do with it.’
- Inu said that the over 40 lakh people who stare at being declared ‘illegal migrants’, are not Bangladeshi nationals, even though the whole effort of NRC is to eliminate all illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
‘Shoot illegal B’deshi settlers’
- BJP Telangana MLA T Raja Singh on Tuesday said if Rohingya and Bangladeshi immigrants do not leave India respectfully, they should be shot dead.
- ‘If these Rohingyas and Bangladeshi illegal immigrants do not leave India respectfully, then they should be shot and eliminated. Then only our country will be safe,’ Singh said.
- He said said illegal immigrants from Bangladesh had settled in Assam as part of a ‘conspiracy to destroy India’.
(With agency inputs)