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Assam NRC Final List 2019 Highlights: India Is Not Dharamshala, Says Himanta Sarma

The centre has said people whose names don't appear in the final NRC cannot be declared foreigners till all legal options are exhausted

Assam NRC Final List 2019 Highlights: India Is Not Dharamshala, Says Himanta Sarma

The final Assam citizens' list - intended to identify legal residents and weed out illegal immigrants from  the state-  is out, leaving out 19 lakh people. 

Names of 3.11 crore applicants were included in the final NRC, NRC State Coordinator's office said in a statement. The status of both inclusion and exclusion can be viewed online in the NRC website,

"A total of 3,11,21,004 persons found eligible for inclusion in final NRC leaving out 19,06,657 persons including those who did not submit their claims.Those not satisfied with outcome can file appeal before Foreigners Tribunals," Prateek Hajela,State Coordinator, NRC, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

In the first draft of the citizens' list, nearly 40 lakh people were left out. The number is down to 19 lakh in the final list.

Here are the Highlights on the release of final Assam Citizens' List:

Aug 31, 2019 20:08 (IST)
READ HERE: Assam NRC Final List: "Ridiculously Small": BJP's Assam Ally Unhappy With Final Citizens List
Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), a member of the ruling alliance in Assam, on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction over the final NRC in the state and said there is scope for its review in the Supreme Court, which supervised the updation process.
Aug 31, 2019 18:53 (IST)
READ HERE: Assam NRC List: BJP's Himanta Sarma On "Faulty" Assam Citizens List: The War Isn't Over
Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today termed the National Register of Citizens list released this morning as "faulty", and said that the ruling BJP will approach the Supreme Court again to seek reverification in certain parts of the state.
Aug 31, 2019 18:37 (IST)
Assam Final NRC List: "We do not trust this NRC," says Assam BJP

The ruling BJP on Saturday said they do not trust the updated National Register of Citizens, specifically prepared for Assam, and appealed to the central and the state governments to prepare a nationwide NRC.

Addressing a press conference here, BJP Assam President Ranjeet Kumar Dass said the final NRC contains very small figure of exclusions compared to officially stated figures earlier.

"We do not trust this NRC... We are very unhappy...We appeal to the central and the state governments to prepare a national level NRC," he added.
Aug 31, 2019 18:31 (IST)
Assam Final NRC List: Security beefed up in Mizoram

Security was beefed up in Mizoram and police stations and border outposts along the 123 km Mizoram-Assam border were alerted on Saturday in view of the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in neighbouring Assam, Mizoram Inspector General of Police (Headquarters) John Neihlaia said.

Police personnel have been deployed along the Assam border to prevent any untoward incident due to the publication of the NRC final list and also to prevent possible influx of those left out of it into Mizoram, Neihlaia told PTI.

"The border areas were peaceful with no report of any incidents till this evening.

"Arrangements are also in place to rush additional forces to face any eventuality arising out of publication of the final NRC in Assam," he added.
Aug 31, 2019 18:30 (IST)
Assam Final NRC List: "We are not happy at all": All Assam Students' Union

The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) on Saturday it is unhappy with the figure of exclusions in the final National Register of Citizens and will move the Supreme Court for remedial measures.

The AASU is a signatory to the Assam Accord, a 1985 document that provided for "detection, deletion and deportation" of illegal foreigners from Assam.

The NRC in the state has been updated under the monitoring of the Supreme Court to include only genuine Indian nationals.

"We are not happy at all. It seems there were some deficiencies in the updatation process. We believe that it is an incomplete NRC. We will appeal to the Supreme Court to remove all the faults and discrepancies in this NRC," AASU General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi was quoted as saying by PTI.
Aug 31, 2019 17:13 (IST)
READ HERE: Assam NRC List: Retired Army Officer Excluded From Citizens List, He Is Not Surprised
A retired Army officer who was detained a few months ago on charges of being an illegal immigrant has been left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) list published this morning. However, he was not particularly surprised by the development. "I was not expecting my name to be in the list as my case is still pending in the High Court. I have full faith in the judiciary, and I'm confident that I will get justice," news agency ANI quoted Mohammad Sanaullah as saying.
Aug 31, 2019 16:48 (IST)
Final NRC List: BJP attempting to hoodwink people through NRC: Tarun Gogoi

BJP attempting to hoodwink people through NRC, said former Congress chief minister Tarun Gogoi, quoted by news agency PTI

Ruling BJP fails to ensure free and fair NRC, former Congress Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was quoted as saying by PTI.
Aug 31, 2019 16:39 (IST)
NRC Final List: Citizen's list not a communal exercise: Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma

If you feel giving shelter to those Hindus thrown out of different countries is communal, I don't know what is communal. India is not a dharamshala (guesthouse), he says.

Till Indian interests are threatened, the fight will go on, he adds.
Aug 31, 2019 16:08 (IST)
Final NRC List: Northeast Congress leaders meet Sonia Gandhi over NRC

Soon after the much awaited final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam was released on Saturday morning, several Congress leaders met party interim President Sonia Gandhi to apprise her about the issue, reported news agency IANS.

The Congress leaders from the Northeast region including former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and party MP Gaurav Gogoi met Sonia Gandhi at her residence in Delhi. The meeting between the three leaders lasted for over an hour.

After meeting Sonia Gandhi, Gaurav Gogoi told reporters: "We have apprised Soniaji about the issue and she along with other senior leadership will take a party stand on the NRC issue."

"Every section of Assam is unhappy with the status of NRC. Even BJP Ministers are complaining. Careless implementation will result in many genuine Indian citizens to unnecessarily face the courts. Congress will provide all help. Nation above politics is our motto," Mr Gogoi tweeted later.
Aug 31, 2019 16:04 (IST)
Final NRC List: Original NRC petitioner unhappy with "flawed" NRC

The Assam Public Works (APW), the original petitioner in the Supreme Court which led to the updation of the National Register of Citizens six years ago, said the final NRC turned out to be a "flawed document" because its prayer for re-verification of the draft list was rejected by the top court, reported PTI.

The NGO also wondered whether the software used in the updation exercise was capable to handle so much data and if it was examined by any third party Information Technology expert, APW president Aabhijeet Sharma said.

"The Final NRC has made it obvious that the problem of illegal immigration will never be resolved in Assam. Had it been completed flawlessly, it would have been a golden chapter in Assam's history," Mr Sharma was quoted as saying by PTI after the final NRC was released, excluding names of over 19 lakh applicants.
Aug 31, 2019 15:41 (IST)
READ HERE: Assam NRC Final List: Congress's Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Says Centre Should Conduct NRC In Parliament
The central government "should conduct NRC in parliament", Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said today soon after the final Assam citizens' list was released, which excluded over 19 lakh people.
Aug 31, 2019 14:05 (IST)
"BJP's Myth Busted In Assam": AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi
The BJP should learn a lesson, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said today.  "They should stop asking for NRC throughout the country in terms of Hindus & Muslims. They should learn from what has happened in Assam. The so-called myth of illegal migrants has been busted," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. 

"I have my own doubts that the BJP through Citizen Amendment Bill can bring a bill wherein they can try to give citizenship to all non-Muslims, which will again be a violation of Right to Equality," he said. 
Aug 31, 2019 14:02 (IST)
Aug 31, 2019 13:45 (IST)
Speaking to NDTV, former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said: "Lakhs of Indian citizens have been excluded from the NRC. Many Indians, especially Bengali Hindus, have been excluded in the citizen list. Many foreigners have made it to the citizen list. The BJP has to explain what went wrong. We are not communalising NRC. A foreigner is a foreigner. We will oppose BJP's attempts to communalise NRC."

Aug 31, 2019 13:27 (IST)
"I was not expecting my name to be in the list as my case is still pending in the High Court, I have full faith in the judiciary and I'm confident that I will get justice," said Mohammad Sanaullah, a retired Indian Army soldier who was sent to a detention centre on charges of being a "foreigner" on May 29. The Gauhati High Court ordered his release on bail the next month, and sent notices to the state as well as the central government.
Aug 31, 2019 13:24 (IST)
Soon after the final Assam citizen list was published, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said it was necessary to have a similar citizens' register in the national capital. "The NRC is needed in Delhi as the situation is becoming dangerous. Illegal immigrants who have settled here are the most dangerous, we will implement NRC here as well," Manoj Tiwari, the Delhi BJP chief, was quoted as telling news agency ANI. His "announcement" is significant ahead of the Delhi election next year. Read here

Aug 31, 2019 13:11 (IST)
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to hold a review meet at 3 pm today on final citizen list. 
Aug 31, 2019 13:05 (IST)
Assam AIUDF MLA Ananta Kumar Malo excluded from the NRC. 
Aug 31, 2019 12:47 (IST)
Assam NRC List: Not Fully Satisfied, Says Congress MP Abdul Khaleque
"I congratulate NRC State Coordinator,& SC for publishing the final list. However, I'm not fully satisfied as many names of genuine Indian citizens have been left out. I appeal to govt to review formation of Foreigners Tribunal": Abdul Khaleque, Assam Congress MP, on final list 
Aug 31, 2019 12:31 (IST)
Resentment against illegal immigrants has simmered for years in Assam, one of India's poorest states, with residents blaming outsiders, many said to come from neighbouring Bangladesh, for stealing their jobs and land.
Aug 31, 2019 11:39 (IST)
Aug 31, 2019 10:37 (IST)
Those Not Satisfied Can Appeal Before Foreigners Tribunal: Prateek Hajela, State Coordinator, NRC
"A total of 3,11,21,004 persons found eligible for inclusion in final NRC leaving out 19,06,657 persons including those who did not submit their claims.Those not satisfied with outcome can file appeal before Foreigners Tribunals," Prateek Hajela, State Coordinator, NRC has been quoted as saying by news agency ANI. 

Aug 31, 2019 10:19 (IST)
In the final NRC list, 19 lakh people have been left out. 3.1 crore are included in the list. Last year, in the first draft, nearly 40 lakh people were left out. 
Aug 31, 2019 10:18 (IST)
Congress leader Abishek Singhvi said today blasted the NRC. 
Aug 31, 2019 10:09 (IST)
Aug 31, 2019 10:06 (IST)
The first list of Assam citizens list was first published in Assam in 1951. When the draft NRC was published on July 30 last year, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it.

Aug 31, 2019 10:05 (IST)
On Final Assam Citizens' List, Shashi Tharoor Quotes Rabindranath Tagore
"There is a thin line between nationalism and xenophobia -besides, hatred of the foreigner could later turn into a hatred of Indians different from oneself." -- Rabindranath Tagore. The prescience of a great man," tweets Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. 

Aug 31, 2019 10:02 (IST)
Final Assam citizen list is out. You can check it here-
Aug 31, 2019 09:23 (IST)
Don't Panic: Assam Chief Minister
The Assam government will provide legal aid to those who will be excluded from the state's National Register for Citizens (NRC), Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Friday, ahead of the final publication of the list on August 31. Referring to the centre's notice that said no person would be treated as a foreigner until the Foreigners Tribunal declares so, he promised that ample opportunities will be provided to the people to prove their nationality. Read here 

Aug 31, 2019 09:15 (IST)
Among the millions waiting anxiously for the final list of NRC is 45-year-old Hitesh Choudhury who did not find his name in the first draft of citizens' list published last year. Read here 
Aug 31, 2019 08:58 (IST)
 The Assam government has said that legal help will be provided to people who are not included in the NRC.  The Home Ministry said at least 1,000 tribunals will be set up in phases to hear disputes; 100 tribunals are already open and 200 more will be set up in the first week of September.  What are the options for those excluded from assam citizens' list? Read here 

Aug 31, 2019 08:40 (IST)
"We just want NRC to pass off well peacefully and we will ensure it. But with the release of this list, we want to get rid of foreigners. In Dispur and Delhi, we have already started fresh strategy on how we can drive out the illegal migrants and we will so come up with new plans," Mr Sarma said. 

"The NRC is no quarter final... semi final and final for driving out BANGLADESHIS , wait a while you will see more finals under the BJP regime... see how we drive them out," he added. 

Aug 31, 2019 08:36 (IST)
"Not Interested About This NRC Any More": Himanta Biswa Sarma
Ahead of the release of the final list of the NRC, Himanta Biswa Sarma, state cabinet minister, said: "We had lost hope on the present form of NRC right after the draft When so many genuine Indians were left out... how can you claim that his document is a red letter for the Assamese society." 

"In districts near the Bangladesh border - like South Salmara and Dhubri -  the rate of exclusion is the lowest. In Bhumiputra district, it's high. How it can be? We are not interested about this NRC any more," he said.