Assam NRC: Amit Shah asks opposition whether Indians have no rights

Assam NRC Reuters new

Assam NRC Reuters new

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee described it as a "conspiracy to throw out Bengalis and Biharis" from Assam. This is a draft and not the final list.

In the morning, Rajya Sabha was adjourned 17 minutes after the session started, driven by opposition protests over the Assam citizens' list.

The report further stated that as many as four million people were left out of the second and final draft published on Monday out of 32.9 million, who had applied for inclusion in the NRC.

"For BJP the matter of NRC is an issue of national security. The Indian government has not discussed this issue with us, nor do we have any intention to take it up with India as it is an internal matter of India, our friendly neighbour", Bangladesh information minister Hasanul-Haque Inu said in an interview with HT.

"I don't want to see my motherland with hope, I don't want to see my motherland divided".

India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah attends a meeting with state level leaders in Hyderabad, India, July 13, 2018.

The potential exclusion of over 4 million people in Assam, many of them Muslims, from the draft NRC raised concerns over arbitrary detention and possible statelessness without due process, the global human rights body said.

"For vote bank politics, how can you question the NRC procedure?"

Prominent personalities from the Barak Valley whose names are missing from the draft include Archana Paul, the wife of BJP MLA from Cachar Dilip Paul, and former Congress legislator Ataur Rahman Mazarbhuiya.

He said that no country can function if it keeps on allowing infiltrators.

The NRC office, however, told the Supreme Court this month that 150,000 people from the first list, a third of them married women, would be dropped from the next one, mainly because they provided false information or gave inadmissible documents.

India claims the move will rid the country of illegal migrants from Bangladesh but rights groups say there is no effective appeal body for those excluded from the register.

"We have never harmed Hindus".

When inquired about his view on references to Bangladesh vis-à-vis illegal migrants despite enjoying good ties with India, he said, "No". Rajiv Gandhi signed Assam accord in 1985, which was similar to NRC.

"This can't be tolerated and that's why India needs a change, and the change must come in 2019, for the betterment of the people of this country", Banerjee said at an event in New Delhi. "There is a United Nations resolution to give shelter to refugees in distress", she said.

The issue of NRC update took concrete shape during the tripartite meeting held between Centre, State Government and AASU held on May 5 in 2005 under the chair of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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