Assam NRC An Electoral Gimmick: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the BJP government over the NRC
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the BJP government over the NRC

Guwahati, January 29, 2019

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lambasted the NDA-led Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre and stated that the updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was nothing but an “electoral gimmick” and people should not “bother about it”.

“If one fails to produce the proof of his or her date of birth, then that person will be driven out in the name of the NRC, the person will not be considered a citizen. Do not try to label genuine citizens as foreigners by asking for proof of their citizenship twice. We all are citizens of India. We cast our votes, we have bank accounts. We have fought for the independence of this soil,” Banerjee said in West Bengal on January 28th, 2019 while targeting the BJP.

She added, “Many of the older generation did not have such documents as the situation was different in the past.  As long as we (those opposing the NRC) are alive, such attempts will be futile.”

It may be recalled that post the publication of the final draft of the NRC, Banerjee warned the ruling BJP of “a civil war, a bloodbath”.  Banerjee said that the list will divide the people and create a civil war-like situation in the country.

NRC deadline extended

The National Register of Citizens authorities have extended the deadline for the online mode of name and error correction process till February 28th, 2019.

The last date for the offline mode is January 31st, 2019. The hearings on claims and objections would commence from February 15th, 2019 onwards. People can get the corrections applying offline at NRC Seva Kendras as well as by visiting the NRC website (www.nrcassam.nic.in).

Supreme Court order

The Supreme Court has fixed the deadline for publishing the final  NRC for Assam to July 31st, 2019.  A total of 3.62 million claims for inclusion and over 200,000 objections had been received.

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.