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Assam NRC LIVE: Not Hindus or Muslims, But Bengalis Being Targeted, Says Mamata

News18.com | July 30, 2018, 5:34 PM IST
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Assam NRC final draft: Over 40 lakh people have been excluded from the final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens leading to a war of words between the BJP and the opposition. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee termed it a clear attack on Bengalis. “They are targeting not Hindus or Muslims, but Bengalis. This is a wrong decision and will affect everyone across the country—all castes, creed and community. I will try to meet the Home Minister,” she said. The opposition parties also attacked the government in Parliament and Home Minister tried to allay fears and said this is only a draft NRC. The final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens was released on Monday. The officials clarified that those left out of the final draft will not be branded as foreigners and no punitive action will be taken against them. The final NRC will be out in December 2018.

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Jul 30, 2018 5:34 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Almost Hundred Countries House Lesser People than Assam Just Left Out in NRC Final Draft

The updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) list is seen by critics as a move to target Assam's Muslim population on the pretext of weeding out Bangladeshi migrants.

Jul 30, 2018 5:04 pm (IST)

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal thanks people and media for maintaining peace and harmony | Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal interacted with the media in Guwahati. He said: "People and Media have given huge support to the NRC process that's going on in the State under the supervision of the Hon'ble Supreme Court. I thank them for their role in maintaining peace and tranquillity." While people have welcomed the draft #NRC, certain sections are trying to destabilise and spread lies. People of Assam have always lived with peace and harmony. We will not allow anyone to disturb peace and law & order, tweets Sonowal.

Jul 30, 2018 4:38 pm (IST)
Jul 30, 2018 4:36 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | 40 Lakh Left Out of Assam NRC Draft List Could be World's Largest Stateless Population

Assam's choice to retroactively strip more than 40 lakh of its residents of citizenship​ will create the largest stateless population in the whole world.

Jul 30, 2018 4:34 pm (IST)

Options Before 40 Lakh People Left Out of Assam NRC Final Draft | ​ More than 40 lakh people were left out of the second draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was released on Monday. The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Shailesh said, each and every person whose name hasn't featured will be given an individual letter to make claims."The process has been completely transparent, fair, objective and meticulously carried out. Adequate opportunity to all applicants were given," said Shailesh. The Registrar General emphasised that this is not the final list. Three forms — claims, objections, corrections — will be made available to persons who failed to make the cut."Every person whose name was in the first draft but is missing from final draft will be given an individual letter to file claim for her/his non-inclusion during claims and objections," said Shailesh.

 NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela said that the names of applicants left out in the draft list will not be revealed to protect their privacy. Starting August 7, those who missed out can find out the reasons for non-inclusion by visiting NRC Seva Kendra and by asking the Local Registrar. The officials clarified that those left out will not be branded as foreigner and no punitive action will be taken against them. “Whoever does not have name will get opportunity to file claim/objections under adequate time. Those left out will have the option to file online application in NRC website or visit a NRC Seva Kendra,” said Shailesh. The final NRC will be out in December 2018.

Jul 30, 2018 3:13 pm (IST)

Farmer Leader Akhil Gogoi on Assam NRC | Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over his statement on Assam NRC final draft. He said that she does not know the real situation in Assam, and was just playing politics. "Mamata's emotions are false. She is just playing politics," he said, adding that Banerjee should not interfere in NRC's process.

Jul 30, 2018 2:33 pm (IST)

Expressing concern over the exclusion of 40 lakh names in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said those "Indian citizens have become refugees" in their own land. Banerjee also alleged that the central government has resorted to "vote-bank politics". The CM, who is leaving for Delhi today, said she would seek time from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the issue. "I am sending a team of party MPs to Assam and if necessary, I will go there too," she said. Asked whether West Bengal would give shelter to those whose names have not appeared in the final NRC draft, she said, "They have their homes...they are inhabitants of Assam. We will think about it if they want to come. But why should they be evicted?"
"They are Indians, but they became refugees in their own land," she said. Banerjee also claimed that even names of some people who have passports, Aadhaar and voter cards have been excluded from the final draft.

Jul 30, 2018 2:26 pm (IST)

Opposition on Assam NRC Final Draft in Lok Sabha | Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said "original citizens" of the state are being asked questions and this is creating division in the state based on caste and creed. Mohd Saleem (CPIM) said the situation in Assam is fragile and "human rights and democratic rights" of the people of the state are at stake. Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav (SP) said the move would lead to "hatred" and "violence" in Assam and dubbed it as a "war on people" who are living in the state for the last 40 years. The first draft NRC, a list of state's citizens, for Assam was published in December end last year as per the apex court's order where names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated. Assam, which has witnessed an influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, which was first prepared in 1951. 

Jul 30, 2018 2:24 pm (IST)

Out of 3.29 crore applicants for the NRC, 2.89 crore have been found eligible for inclusion in the complete draft of NRC, that was released in Guwahati this morning. This means that the names of 40.07 lakh have been left out. The Trinamool Congress had moved an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha on the NRC issue, which was not taken up by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Asking where the 40 lakh people will go, Sudip Bandyopadhyay (TMC) asked the Centre to ensure that justice should not be denied to the people who have been living in Assam for decades now. "It is inhuman and is a torture on people. I request the Centre that amendments be moved so that these 40 lakh people get to stay in Assam," he said.

Jul 30, 2018 2:23 pm (IST)

"In publishing NRC, the government has done nothing. Everything is being done as per Supreme Court order. The allegation of the opposition against the government is baseless," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Lok Sabha. He appealed to opposition members not to create "panic" since it is a "sensitive issue". "The government is not doing anything. Whatever is happening is under the supervision of the Supreme Court," Singh said. Singh said the NRC list published today is not the final list and applicants will have the option of raising claims and objections. "People who feel their name should have been part of the NRC can file claims and objections. In how much time those claims and objections would be disposed off that will be decided by the Supreme Court," Singh said. Asking the opposition to list out what role the government has played in the NRC, Singh said, "It is a sensitive issue and should not be politicised unnecessarily". Unsatisfied with the Minister's response, an unrelenting opposition staged a walkout from the House.

Jul 30, 2018 2:20 pm (IST)

Rajnath Singh on NRC Issue in Lok Sabha | Amid opposition uproar over the publication of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday asked parties opposing it not to politicise the "sensitive" issue. The minister told the Lok Sabha that the list has been published on the directives of the Supreme Court and the Centre has no role in it. The opposition TMC, Congress, CPI(M) and SP criticised the government over the publication of the list, saying it puts "human rights and democratic rights" of people at stake. Over 40 lakh people in Assam have been left out from the the NRC, which is being prepared to identify illegal migrants in Assam. The second draft of the NRC was published today in Guwahati. Singh said the NRC was being demanded in Assam for a long time and the previous state government had set up foreign tribunals following the Supreme Court order.

Jul 30, 2018 2:00 pm (IST)

90% Residents of Kokrajhar District Make it to NRC Assam List | In Kokrajhar district, Nearly 90% citizens' name have been enlisted in the NRC final draft list released today. The district had received a total of 2,03,906 application forms through its total 97 NSKs, containing approximately 9,20,000 members. Meanwhile, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal has invited all the Editors for an urgent discussion to brief post NRC scenario.

Jul 30, 2018 1:54 pm (IST)

Assistant sub-inspector Shah Alam's, who was a part of CM security's earlier, is also missing from Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) final draft list.

Jul 30, 2018 1:50 pm (IST)

Former Army Officer's Name Missing from NRC Final Draft List | Strangely, names of people, who have served the country for years, are also missing from Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) final draft list. Among them, is a former army officer.

Jul 30, 2018 1:46 pm (IST)

Tathagata Satpathy on NRC Assam Final Draft List | After the release of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC), Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Tathagata Satpathy said that we need to study history again and check if Ahoms themselves were 'indigenous' people.

Jul 30, 2018 1:40 pm (IST)

Why Didn't BJP MLA Ramakanta Deuri Apply for NRC List? | Assam BJP MLA Ramakanta Deuri and his family members' name have not been included in Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) final draft as he didn't apply. Probably, Deuri's origin was behind his decision. The Deori is an indigenous tribe of Assam, which trace back their origin to eastern parts of state around the first century. According to The Land and There blogpost, the term Deori originates from the word ‘Deu’ which means good or wise and the ‘O’ and ‘R’ stands for male and female respectively. Hence, the tribe is known to be the tribe of wise people. Another suggested meaning for the word Deori is the people who worship god.

Jul 30, 2018 1:29 pm (IST)

Mamata Banerjee Plays Bengali Card Over NRC Assam Issue | "I stand by them (40 lakh people left out of NRC Assam list). Rohingyas is a matter of another country. We could not send them away as per the UN resolution. But here Assamese are being driven away, who are actually Indians. Our people (Trinamool Congress) have already raised the issue in the Parliament, and I am going to Delhi today," says Mamata Banerjee.

Jul 30, 2018 1:27 pm (IST)

'Consider NRC Case on Humanitarian Grounds': Mamata Appeals to Central Govt | "There are so many people there in the jail, including women. Please consider this case on humanitarian grounds. Does central government have any rehabilitation package for them? Divide and rule policy will finish the country. This government will never spoke to us (Bengal and Bangladesh). Assam people are helpless and cannot connect with us also. This is not only Bengali speaking people, of course. There are so many Biharis. Will they not protest if they are tortured? I cannot contact Bangladesh as it is an external affairs situation and is not my matter. But I will raise the issue,which Bangladesh will also oppose. This is a wrong decision and will affect the entire country — all caste, creed and community. If I get the opportunity, i will meet home minister Rajnath Singh," says Mamata Banerjee on NRC Assam issue.

Jul 30, 2018 1:20 pm (IST)

Mamata Banerjee Says On NRC Assam List That Those Who Have Been Excluded Are Neither Hindus nor Muslims, They Are Bengalis | "Do you (BJP government at Centre) think only for vote politics? Humanity and people will be isolate? Why was government silent when the matter was raised in court. I appeal to Home Minister Rajnath Singh to not do politics over the matter. Those who have been excluded are neither Hindus nor Muslims, they are Bengalis," says Mamata Banerjee.

Jul 30, 2018 1:14 pm (IST)

"People of Murshidabad district have been told that they are not residents. How many people will they (Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP governemnt) leave out, lynch and isolate in the name of vote politics", Mamata Banerjee says.

Jul 30, 2018 1:11 pm (IST)

Mamata Banerjee Says That People Who Are Left Out from NRC Draft List Are Mostly Bengalis | "It is a case of political isolation. These people have Aadhar cards but the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is still not satisfied," Mamata Banerjee says. Showing various case studies, the West Bengal CM says that those who have been left out are mostly Bengalis.

Jul 30, 2018 1:06 pm (IST)

'It is Bulldozing': Says Mamata Banerjee After NRC Final Draft Was Released | West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claims that Trinamool Congress members are unable to get in touch with anyone in Assam as internet services are down. "National Register of Citizens (NRC) is basically a way of bulldozing or driving people out," she says.

Jul 30, 2018 1:02 pm (IST)

In Bangladesh Bordering Assam District (Karimganj), 91% Make it to NRC Final Draft List | In Karimganj, a district bordering Bangladesh, 91.53% made it through in the final NRC draft. This is a marked increase compared to the first draft when 38% were included. Of the 13,24,096 applicants 12,11,997 have been included in the final NRC draft.  

Jul 30, 2018 12:58 pm (IST)

Trinamool Congress Says NRC Assam is 'Inhuman' | Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien says that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is trying to run away from discussions in Rajya Sabha. "They are being cussed and want disruption. Opposition voice is being muzzled," he says, adding that NRC Assam is inhuman and is hurting Indian citizens.

Jul 30, 2018 12:52 pm (IST)

Oppsoition Wants Assam NRC to be Amended | Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge says, "Assam National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) is a big mistake you (PM Modi-led BJP government) are making. You are dividing people. Home Minister Rajnath Singh should make an amendment." CPM MP Mohd Salim said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre  is trying to take NRC to other states as well. "Government should protect the right of the people," he said.

Jul 30, 2018 12:49 pm (IST)

An Action-packed Day Ahead CMs Set to Speak on NRC Assam Issue | Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will address media on the release of the final draft of National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) at 1:30 pm, while West Bengal Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will address a press conference at 1 pm on the issue.

Jul 30, 2018 12:41 pm (IST)

After NRC Assam final draft list, a local resident in Guwahati says, "I am very happy and relieved, my name and the names of my family members have been included in the draft list."

Jul 30, 2018 12:39 pm (IST)

nrcassam.nic.in is Not Working at the Moment | Even as NRC Assam final draft out at nrcassam.nic.in, the website seems to have crashed at the moment as over 1.4 crore people may be visiting the site to check their names in the National Register of Citizens list.

Jul 30, 2018 12:34 pm (IST)

Check https://assam.mygov.in/ for Details on National Register of Citizens (NRC) Final Draft | Assam residents can get every information about National Register of Citizens (NRC) final draft on https://assam.mygov.in/

Jul 30, 2018 12:31 pm (IST)

Before Checking Your Name in NRC List Through SMS, Make Sure You Have Not Activated 'DND' Option | To check your name in the NRC Assam final draft via SMS, type ARN space ARN number (Example ARN 102345678909876543211) and then send it to 9765556555 or 7899405444 or 7026321133 or 7026861122. You will soon receive an SMS with your National Register of Citizens (NRC) details. You can also call the 24*7 toll-free number 15107 (from Assam) or 18003453762 (outside Assam) to check your name in the NRC final draft. However, applicants, who have activated 'Do Not Disturb' (DND)  in their phone numbers will not get any response. 

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