Mamata Banerjee says Assam NRC plan to throw out Bengalis and Biharis

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In a bid to identify the illegal Bangladeshi migrants, the government on Monday released the second and final draft of Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC), mandated by the Supreme Court.

The Congress chief also asked Congress members to help maintain peace and help those, irrespective of their caste, religion or group, against whom "injustice" was done in the draft NRC.

"The National Register of Citizens (NRC) was initiated by the UPA under Manmohan Singh Ji to fulfil the commitment made in the Assam Accord of 1985".

Responding to the charge, Singh said that the NRC was being demanded by the people of Assam and "government has no role in it".

Women queue to check their names on the final draft of the National Register of Citizens in Assam's Morigoan district. AFP
Women queue to check their names on the final draft of the National Register of Citizens in Assam's Morigoan district. AFP

It seems like the decade-old mystery is closer to the solution as NRC features the names, addresses and photographs of all Indian citizens, living in the north-eastern state before March 25, 1971. The Government must move swiftly to resolve this crisis.

# 14:20 pm: Home Ministry categorically said that government has no role in it, the entire process was carried out under SC's direction. We are anxious because people are being made refugees in their own country.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, on the other hand, had urged people to refrain from making "inflammatory" remarks in the wake of the publication of the final NRC draft, an official release said. Is the Government trying to do forceful eviction? "We have sought an appointment with home minister Rajnath Singh in this regard". The biggest challenge for India would be to deal with these people who will become stateless if their names do not make it to the final list.

"There were people who have Aadhaar cards and passports but still their names are not in the draft list".

Around 40.07 lakh applicants, however, did not find a place in the historic document, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity.

The names of Samir Das, a Bengali-speaking Hindu businessman in Assam's eastern town of Hojai, and his family, were missing, he told television journalists.

The NRC is a list of the state's citizens and exclusion of name does not automatically make anyone a foreigner, the official said.

The All Assam Students Union (AASU) has also set up a 24-hour control room at its central office to help people.

National Register of Citizens (NRC) officials check the names of the residents in the final list at a NRC Sewa Kendra (NSK). "The names of no genuine Indians will be left out", Sailesh said. It is happening under the supervision of the Supreme Court. It comprised 1.9 crore names out of the total application of 3.29 crore people in Assam.

Four categories of people - doubtful voters, their descendants, people whose cases were pending at Foreigners Tribunals and their offspring - were not included in the list, he said. This means that the names of 40.07 lakh have been left out.

They will get an opportunity to file claims and objections.