Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Don`t take any coercive action over draft NRC: SC to Centre

Don`t take any coercive action over draft NRC: SC to Centre

Attacking the BJP, she said the saffron party is trying to divide the country and asserted this will not be tolerated. BJP regards Bangladeshis as illegal immigrants and infiltrators who are increasing the population of Muslims in India to the overall detriment of Hindus which the BJP claims to represent.

The head of Bengali department 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. Names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated. "There are so many people whose names are not there", she said. The NRC allows those deemed "D" or "doubtful" voters to apply for inclusion but does not include their names unless the Foreigners Tribunals - statutory authorities set up to detect "illegal immigrants" in Assam - declare them as non-foreigners.

When inquired about his view on references to Bangladesh vis-à-vis illegal migrants despite enjoying good ties with India, he said, "No".

At home, state Congress president Ripun Bora described the NRC process as a "motivated action" under the BJP, aimed at engaging in "politics of polarisation".

To be recognised as Indian citizens, all residents of Assam had to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in the country before March 24, 1971.

More than 32 million people submitted documents to the NRC to prove they were citizens, but four million of them have been excluded from the published list.

After human rights organisations began to express concern, the civil servant in charge of the NRC, Prateek Hajela, released a statement stressing that the law required him to make "no differentiation on the basis of religion or language" in determining citizenship. "They are settled in Assam with businesses and establishments".

Rawar believes that the EC, before Lok Sabha Elections 2019, will have to decide the fate of those who are not on the final NRC list nor have challenged their exclusion in the court.

Following an outcry from rights groups over possible harassment of Muslims in Assam, Interior Minister Rajnath Singh said that the NRC exercise was being carried out in an impartial and transparent manner.

Illegal immigration is an important issue in Assam. It further said that names of 40,70,707 people do not figure in the list.

"The BJP has the audacity to say that they would implement NRC in Bengal and thinks only they and their supporters would stay in India and rest will have to leave the country", she said. "This issue, let me stress, has never been discussed between us and India in the past 48 years". People are scared and feeling insecure in the state.

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