Uproar over NRC list, Centre assures opposition
A draft National Register of Citizens has been prepared in Assam for the first time in the last 58 years. The purpose is to identify Indian citizens living in the state so that those who have illegally entered the state from Bangladesh can be recognized and asked to leave the country.
As many as 40 lakh people living in Assam are said to be illegal immigrants. A stiff opposition has come to the NRC list from the Congress and the Trinamool Congress parties. Becuase of an uproar raised by them, the Rajya Sabha had to be adjourned yestersay.
Although the Centre has made it clear that no coercive action will be taken against illegals, the opposition is in no mood to listen. They are of the view that the government is targeting the Muslim population on the pretext of identifying Bangladeshi illegals. This is absurd as illegals are not Indian citizens. Clearly, some political parties are indulging in appeasement politics to secure their own communal vote banks.
Meanwhile, RS MP and BJP President Amit Shah today said in Parliament, "NRC is the soul of the same Assam accord signed by former PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1985. Congress did not have the courage to implement it and now Modi government is doing what Congress could not."