Amid controversy, demand for NRC rises in Mumbai

Deport illegal settlers, demands Colaba MLA Raj Purohit 

Mumbai: BJP MLA in Maharashtra Raj Purohit has demanded that an exercise like National Register of Citizens should be conducted in Mumbai as well. He said that this will help to remove illegal Bangladeshis staying in the city. He alleged that a lot of people are staying in Mumbai illegally and many of them have made fake identity cards and have registered themselves in voting list.

 With the help of the Election Commission and police officials, chalk out a time-bound programme to identify and deport the Bangladeshi nationals to their home country from Colaba and Mumbai in line with the (draft) NRC -Raj Purohit 

The Colaba MLA Raj Purohit has written a letter to the district collector (city) Shivaji Jondhale in this regard. He stated that Bangladeshi nationals could settle in Mumbai illegally due to blessings of local politicians.

Purohit, the chief whip of the BJP in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, alleged the politicians have protected the Bangladeshi infiltrators by recommending their names for ration card, Aadhar card, voter ID and other documents. He said the Bangladeshi nationals pose threat to Mumbai’s law and order.

“Hence, you should, with the help of the Election Commission and police officials, chalk out a time-bound programme to identify and deport the Bangladeshi nationals to their home country.”

BJP Mahila Morcha activists in a protest rally against illegal migration in West Bengal, in Kolkata on Thursday.

‘Will ensure no genuine citizen left out of NRC’

  • Country’s top census official said no Indian will be left out of the final list of Assam’s citizenship on account of technicalities and the authorities were alive to the concerns of those left out.
  • Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India Sailesh said lack of information and knowledge about the application process for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) could have led to the omission of names.
  • “These things are a matter of concern for us also and we would like to ensure that no Indian citizen is left out purely on technicalities. There may be some cases, where, certain documentation has gone missing from a person, but if that person is a genuine Indian citizen, he should not worry.”
  • “We are sensitive. Even if there is a minor error in the submission of certain people, a course correction is available.”

Demand for nationwide NRC

  • The ruling BJP on Thursday demanded that a marathon National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise be carried out nationwide.
  • The demand was put forward on the floor of the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour by BJP lawmaker Nishikant Dubey amid strong protest from Congress and TMC members.
  • “Like NRC in Assam, such an exercise should be carried out across the country,” he said.

Drive to oust illegal migrants in Arunachal

  • The apex students’ body in Arunachal has asked undocumented migrants to leave the state within 15 days.
  • Apprehending that people from neighbouring Assam may sneak into their territory in the wake of NRC publication, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), in a statement, said it would launch ‘Operation Clean Drive’ to evict illegal migrants and assist district authorities to keep vigil at the entry points of the state.
  • Large number of illegal migrants may try to enter the state to evade deportation.
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