Assam has released the final draft of National Register of Citizens today nearly seven months after around 1.9 crore citizens were cleared in the first citizenship draft list. Officials have clarified nobody will be deported on the basis of second draft and people will be given opportunity to put forth their claims.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has urged calm after the release of second citizenship draft. "The first draft of NRC was published (on the midnight of December 31, 2017) in a very peaceful environment. I appeal to the people of the state to maintain the same environment on the aftermath of publication of the final draft," the release said quoting the chief minister.
Security has been heightened in the state to avoid any law and order situation. Two hundred and twenty companies of the Central Armed Police Forces have been dispatched by the central government to gear up security in Assam and neighbouring states.
Here are the live updates on the release of Assam's final citizenship draft
National Register of Citizens is our brainchild. 40 lakh ppl whose name have been excluded should not worry. They will get a chance. NRC is to find out the number of foreigners in Assam. As long as our name is in voters' list, we are citizens of India: Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi pic.twitter.com/PrKKCu7fHr- ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2018
The Congress today asked the government to immediately convene an all-party meeting on the NRC issue and inform the opposition on the proposed steps to ensure that no Indian citizen is left out."
The final draft of citizens in Assam, which leaves out over 40 lakh people, provoked political anger with opposition parties targeting the government in parliament today. Among them was the Trinamool Congress of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who accused the ruling BJP of trying to identify and isolate people who don't vote for the party.
Thirty-six years after losing his parents, sister and a four-year-old daughter in one of India's worst sectarian massacres, Abdul Suban says he is still trying to prove he's a citizen of the country."
With about 40 lakh people of the total 3.29 crore not making it to the full draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the big question is what happens next and how the government is going to deal with those who finally lose their citizenship."
Around 40 lakh people in Assam have been left out of a draft list of citizens released today, and face deportation if they cannot prove their citizenship. The state's National Register of Citizens or NRC has been updated for the first time since 1951 to account for illegal migration from neighbouring Bangladesh. Releasing the updated list, officials underscored that no one would be deported or arrested as this is only a draft.
I want to emphatically say that this is only a draft and not the Final NRC. Everyone will have the opportunity to file Claims / Objections as per provision in the law. Only after the disposal of claims and objections, the Final NRC will be published. pic.twitter.com/7UweZiyvJt- Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 30, 2018
Wish to reiterate that today only a draft #NRC is out. People whose name is not there will have a fair chance of preferring claim. We'll stand by every Indian citizen. Our objective is to ensure a fair NRC & not discriminatory one. Figure of 40 lacs only in draft NRC & not final- Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) July 30, 2018
- "Many people have been identified as foreigners and they are to be sent back."
- "There are many children and women among them"
- "India is our country, I am an Indian. Why have all the connections been cut down?"
- "Bengal and Assam share borders. I speak the same language"
- "This is a divide and rule policy. People are being isolated"
- "This will destroy humanity"
- "Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) said we and Congress are creating a panic. If he says there is no reason to panic then why are extra forces being sent to Assam?"
- "I am fighting for all human beings"
"This is highly unfortunate. Ultimately, Banladesh and West Bengal will bear the repercussions because of the draft," Mamata Banerjee said.
Mamata Banerjee questions citizenship draft as she addresses press conference.
"I want to ask the Opposition, what is the centre's role in this? It is happening under the supervision of the Supreme Court. Such sensitive issues should not be politicised": Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha
Officials have requested people not to panic if their names did not appear on the list as "all genuine applicants would get ample time for claims and objections".
Officials have asserted that this is only a draft, and claims and objections from those left out of the citizen's list would be taken up from August 30. Read here.
"It's a historic day in the country and Assam towards fulfillment of a major milestone of publishing draft under monitoring of Supreme Court. The exercise of the NRC in its scale size is unprecedented": Prateek Hajela