India asks 4 million to prove their nationality in northeast

TMC and SP members protest NRC

TMC and SP members protest NRC

NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela informed the Supreme Court that the claims and objections with regard to inclusion and exclusion in the NRC could be filed from 30 August to 28 September.

A final list is expected in December, but rights activists fear it might strip citizenship from many, especially Muslims, who have lived in the region for decades.

"We are genuine Indian citizens, and maybe there were some technical problems", he said.

The statement said that the government has not formulated a policy for those who are excluded from the National Register of Citizens and declared foreigners by the tribunals. NRC is key for security of the people of the country and its citizens. Our top priority is to safeguard our borders. The NRC is being updated under the Supreme Court's supervision.

In Assam, many applicants queued for the second day at government booths to check their citizenship status, with some relieved at finding their names on the list while others who did not make it hung around, dejected. I want to ask the Congress: "how can you raise questions about the NRC today?" There has been rhetoric in Assam that there are "illegal" Bangladeshis who will be driven out after the new registration.

Bangladesh has not had any communication from New Delhi on the issue, said Jyotirmay Dutta, a senior official of its interior ministry. "We must behave responsibly and in a dignified manner", Naidu said while urging members to get back to their seats. "Do they not have any human rights?"

"The worldwide community is fighting to stop a process that is alarmingly on track to potentially render millions of people stateless, and vulnerable to indefinite detention, violence or worse", said Ricken Patel, Avaaz executive director.

Slamming the opposition parties for doing vote bank politics, Mr Shah said, "Vote bank politics should not be placed above national interest. History will never pardon the ilk of Modi-Amit Shah for distorting the entire process for opportunistic political gains", Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala wrote on Twitter. "We have always demanded removal of illegal immigrants".

Assam has been racked by waves of violence over the years as residents, including tribal groups, have clashed with both Hindu and Muslim settlers, whom they accuse of plundering resources and taking away jobs. He also raised objection over Amit Shah's statement about Rajiv Gandhi and the Assam Accord.

"There are grave reasons for concern that those without proper documentation will be targeted", she said, warning that "India should not become another Myanmar or United States". You are spreading lies. There will be a civil war and blood bath in the country. "It is such a sensitive issue...", said Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, asking the protesters to return to their seats. According to Abed Khan, a journalist with the vernacular "Dainik Jagran" paper and based out of Dhaka, the few newspapers that did take note restricted themselves to carrying global news agency copies rather than their own reports. "Mamata Banerjee is raking it up for political gains", he said.

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