Guwahati, April 16, 2019
Ram Madhav, the BJP’s national general secretary and in-charge for the Northeast, on April 16th, 2019 announced that Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be released in July end and predicted that the much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 could also become reality by then.
“The NRC to be released in July end. The Bill will also come by then. Once both of these come; issues relating to foreigners will be resolved,” Madhav told media persons in Assam’s Silchar.
BJP chief Amit Shah was recently slammed after he remarked that the BJP will introduce NRC across the country if voted to power again.
It may be mentioned that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on April 11th, 2019 said the BJP is committed to passing the Bill once the NDA returns to power after the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. The BJP manifesto also mentions that the party will try to revive the Bill.
On the other hand, raising the issue of NRC during his Mangaldai rally, Modi had said that no genuine Indians will be left out from the NRC.
The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship. In other words, it amends the Citizenship Act of 1955.
The Northeast India witnessed raging protest against the Bill which lapsed in February after it failed to make it to the Rajya Sabha.