Those not on NRC likely to face trouble

Assam police registers FIR against Mamata for NRC remarks TMC fumes

Assam police registers FIR against Mamata for NRC remarks TMC fumes

Assam began to update the National Register of Citizens in 2015 to create a definitive list of citizens of the state and root out illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. "There is no question of discriminating against anyone whether he or she is a Hindu, Muslim, Bengali or Nepali", Sonowal said.

"No one will be victimised on the basis of caste and community".

While the historic move has elated most of the citizens of the state, yet many people found it disheartening not to find their names in the part draft NRC. Addressing a press conference here, Assam government spokesperson and Cabinet minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said, "We condemn the statement of Mamata Banerjee, which is derogatory and insulting to people of Assam".

"The government is working reasonably as per the Supreme Court order. So they should not worry if their name has not figured in this list", said a senior central government official, requesting anonymity. The final list containing the names of all Indian citizens in Assam is expected to be published by December 2018 after the disposal of all claims and objections in final registers at various levels.

The list verifies 1.9 crore people, of 3.29 crore who applied, as legal citizens of India.

Assam, which faced arrival of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, first prepared in 1951.

The so-called mistake of Mittal again exposes the fake rhetoric over which the whole illegal immigrants issue, fuelled and used by BJP, is based.

Bhattacharyya added it was only because of strict monitoring by the Supreme Court that the draft NRC could see the light of day.

The rest of the applicants are under various stages of verification and a second draft would be published shortly. "They will only be provided with the basic facilities on humanitarian grounds", Sonowal commented after the part publication of the NRC Draft. Assam has been facing this condition since decades where ordinary Indian citizens have been marked as D-voter after they failed to produce proof of their citizenship according to the NRC rules. "This is going to be the only constitutional safeguard for the indigenous people of the state", he said. The situation is further compounded by that fact that many illegal migrants who were declared foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunals have either absconded to other states to evade arrest or are dead.

What links perfume baron and AIUDF supremo Badruddin Ajmal, actress turned MLA Angoorlata Deka, NRC coordinator and Assam Home Secretary Prateek Hajela, ULFA (I) Commander-in-chief Paresh Barua and family members of Chief Adviser of All Assam Student's Union Samujjal Bhattacharya?