Draft NRC created massive insecurity in Assam: Rahul Gandhi

Those Left Out can File Claims and Objections Says Satyendra Garg on NRC Draft

Mumbai: India said on Monday it had excluded more than four million people from a draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam who could not produce valid documents, a move that has sparked fears about the future of thousands in the region. They were the ones who raised the issue in the Supreme Court and had been leading a movement for decades.

She said, "If Bengalis say Biharis can't stay in Bengal, South Indian people say North Indians can't stay there and North Indians say South Indians can't stay here".

One of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's biggest critics is rallying opposition parties against his government after a new list of citizens excluded 4 million people from the northeastern state of Assam in a drive against illegal immigrants. The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) has been spearheading an anti-immigrant movement in the state for many years. Muslims form one-third of state's population.

The list aims to identify every resident who can demonstrate roots in the state before March 1971.

"The NRC Directorate will write letters to around 1.15 lakh persons whose names are deleted in the final draft NRC", he said.

New Delhi, Jul 31 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today alleged that the National Registrar of Citizens (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. Many, both Hindus and Muslims have apparently established homes and businesses, schools, farms and factories.

It ignited Assam's biggest and deadliest anti-foreigners agitation between the late-1970s to the mid-1980s.

About 2,000 suspected migrants were butchered in a single day in Nellie in 1983.

BJP is eying the 2019 national election with a full stride on the Hindu-first campaign, playing to its core base with divisive programs such as the citizenship test in Assam, which has become a hotbed of ethnic and religious tensions.

What happens to those who aren't on the list?

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

"If their names are not in the final draft, it doesn't mean that these people are illegal", Hajela told Al Jazeera. "So, there is no reason to fear".

The BJP accused Congress of adopting different stands in govt and opposition while emphasising that the soul of Assam Accord signed by then PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 is in NRC.

The NRC draft in Assam continues to be heavily debated by the Central government and the Opposition, and the debate between the two was on full show in Rajya Sabha.

About 29 million people have been found eligible for inclusion in the citizenship document from around 33 million applicants, he said. NRC coordinator, Prateek Hajela, said in the draft NRC the names of doubtful voters and their descendants and those whose references were pending before the foreigners' tribunal were kept on hold.

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