Assam NRC: After Winning 2019 LS Elections, Modi Will Drive Out All Infiltrators: Amit Shah

Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah targeted the opposition parties over the National Register of Citizens. Photo courtesy: Shah’s Twitter handle
Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah targeted the opposition parties over the National Register of Citizens. Photo courtesy: Shah’s Twitter handle

Guwahati, February 6, 2019

Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on February 6th, 2019 targeted the opposition parties over contentious issue National Register of Citizens (NRC) at a rally of party’s booth-level workers in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to implement the NRC but Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders are opposing it. Should not we drive away the infiltrators,” Shah asked the party workers amidst loud cheers from the stage.

He added, “After winning 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Modi government will drive out every single infiltrator from the country. Infiltrators can be vote bank for the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party. It is a question of national security for the Bharatiya Janata Party.”

Supreme Court raps Centre

The Supreme Court on February 5th, 2019 pulled up the Centre over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. The top court said that the Union Home Ministry comes up with “different stories to destroy the process”.

The apex court said that the deadline will not be extended beyond July 31st, 2019 as elections and the NRC must go together. “We are getting an impression that the MHA wants to destroy the whole process. Every time the MHA comes up with different stories to destroy this process,” said Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30th , 2018. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold. The first draft was released on December 31st  (midnight), 2017.