Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Assam’s Hojai constituency Shiladitya Dev on August 23rd, 2019 claimed that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) which is going to be published on August 31st, 2019, will bring destruction to the Assamese community.
“The NRC enlisted with names of illegal Bangladeshi Muslims is going to be published. The updation exercise should be stopped immediately,” he said while speaking to media persons here.
Attacking the All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU), the Hojai legislator said, “Why couldn’t the AAMSU point out a single illegal Muslim immigrant till date? A massive agitation will start against the NRC from November.”
The Supreme Court ordered that the list of those excluded from the final Assam NRC be published only online on August 31st, 2019.
“There are two sections of people in Assam. One is the Hindu immigrants who entered India before 1971 but due to lack of documents, they failed to make it to the draft NRC list and the other section is the Bangladeshi Muslims who entered after 1971. They got their names enlisted in the NRC draft by forging documents and I have proved this several times,” he further said.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on August 20th, 2019 announced that the time limit to appeal at the FT for the people of Assam excluded from the NRC has been increased from 60 to 120 days. The Assam government has also agreed to set up an adequate number of such tribunals at convenient locations.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on August 13th, 2019 met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi and discussed on a host of issues concerning the state especially on maintaining law and order after the publication of the final NRC. Sonowal and Shah have urged people of Assam to stay and calm and not panic.
On the midnight of December 31st, 2017, a partial draft of the NRC was released and subsequently on July 30th, 2018, the complete draft NRC was released. A total of 28,983,677 persons were found eligible out of 32,991,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. The NRC authorities on June 26th, 2019 published an additional draft exclusion list consisting of 1,02,462 persons.
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