Guwahati, August 4: Weeks before the publication of the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, India had “quietly and informally” briefed Bangladesh on the draft and there was no talk of “deportation”.
As per media reports, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had briefed Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on the draft NRC during his Dhaka visit on July 13. Singh discussed the “broad contours” of the NRC with Khan.
Even before the release of the NRC this week, the Indian Government was in close touch with the Bangladesh government, as per reports. Indian Government wants to maintain healthy bilateral ties with Dhaka and statements by Singh and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on “no deportation” has also been conveyed to the Bangladesh Government, as per media reports.
The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on Monday. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final Draft NRC. The persons whose names didn’t figure in the complete draft can apply for Claims & Objections from August 7.
The NRC draft has turned into a slug fight between the Modi government and Opposition leaders, led by Mamata.
It may be mentioned that post the publication of the draft, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harshvardhan Shringla met Bangladesh Foreign minister A H Mahmood Ali and Bangladesh’s ruling party, Awami League’s general secretary Obaidul Quader, who is also the Transport Minister.
Minister of State (External Affairs) V K Singh is also likely to meet Bangladesh Foreign minister on the sidelines of the ASEAN ministerial meetings in Singapore in the next few days.
The Bangladesh Opposition will raise the issue of the NRC in the run-up to the election in Bangladesh which goes to polls later this year.