Oppn stages walkout in LS on NRC row in Assam

New Delhi, July 30 (UNI) Opposition parties, including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPI-M, NCP, RJD and Samajwadi Party, staged A walkout in the Lok Sabha on Monday over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) row in Assam while Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government had “no role” in the matter.

Making a brief intervention during Zero Hour, Singh tried to pacify the agitated Opposition members including the likes of Sudip Bandyopadhya, Saugata Roy (both Trinamool) and Mohammad Salim (CPI-M) that the government has no role to play in the NRC being carried out in Assam as the entire process was being done under “the Supreme Court supervision”.

He said the second NRC Draft list was published today in Assam and the first was in June.

“I want to clarify that even after the Final NRC, every person will get an opportunity to approach the Foreigners Tribunal. This means that even those whose names do not figure in the Final NRC will get an opportunity to approach the Tribunal,” he said, adding there will not be any coercive action.

‘I want to emphatically say that this is only a draft list and not the final NRC. This was a long-pending demand,” he stated.

‘Everyone will have full opportunity to file claims or objections as per provision in law. Only after the disposal of claims and objections, the Final NRC will be published,’ Mr Singh said and maintained to make ‘baseless allegation’ that the centre was being ‘brutal and inhuman’ will be utterly erroneous.

Singh urged members “not to create panic” on the ‘sensitive issue’ in the northeastern state.

“This is a very sensitive matter and I will urge members not to create a panic situation on the issue,” Home Minister said.

‘I want to assure all that there is no need for any apprehension or fear. Some misinformation is also being spread,” he said.

The NRC process was being carried out with complete fairness and transparency, he said, adding claims and objections can be filed after August 28. Then after two-three months, their disposal will take place, that too will be decided finally by the Supreme Court.

Earlier Sudip Bandhyopadhyay of the Trinamool Congress said 320 crore people were authenticated while 40,07,760 names were deleted. ‘Where will these 40 lakh people go?’ he said and asked the Home Minister to take up the issue seriously so that justice is not denied to them.

He asked why was NRC taken up only in Assam. If necessary, amendments can be brought to take care of the issue, he suggested.

Supporting him, Congress floor Leader Mallikarjun Kharge said why was the NRC taking place as these people were born and living in the state for long and alleged that their names were being deleted ‘deliberately’.

The Centre was committing a mistake by doing so, he alleged.

Mohammad Salim of the CPI-M said citizenship of these 40 lakh people should not be taken away as it was their democratic right.

Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav, RJD, said the issue related to human rights of the citizens and the matter should be taken up seriously.

However, after the Home Minister’s response, the opposition members said the government’s stance is not satisfactory and they staged walkout.

The Rajya Sabha could not transact any business on the issue till Monday afternoon.

The NRC of 1951 is being updated in Assam under the supervision of the Supreme Court to detect illegal immigrants.

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