Accusing the government of divide and rule politics, CM Banerjee even offered the 40 lakh people who were not on the NRC list to move to West Bengal.
Amid heated debate over NRC exercise in Assam, BJP leader Naresh Agarwal said today that it should be extended to all states in the country, as illegal Bangladeshi migrants are living in various parts of the country.
Stating that the people should not panic if his or her name does not appear in the draft NRC, Sonowal assured that genuine Indian citizens would get full opportunity to include their names through the subsequent process of claims and objections. The local border police declined to discuss individual cases, but said not all documents furnished by suspected illegal immigrants were valid.
The first draft with names of 1.90 crore applicants was released at midnight of December 31, 2017. Of 32.9 million applicants, the names of 28.9 million have been approved and included in the draft, Sailesh, India's registrar general, told reporters in Gauhati, the capital of Assam state. People will be given time to file for corrections, Indian officials said. The state's BJP spokesman was not immediately available for comment, but India's home minister, Rajnath Singh, called the registration process impartial. It is feared by many including United Nations human rights experts that a significant number of Bangla-speaking Indian Muslims along with some Hindus will not be included in the NRC. "During the process of claims and appeals, the state government should ensure that the people excluded from the NRC are not deprived of any government services, nor targeted or stigmatized in any manner", he said.
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"I will try to seek appointment with the Home Minister in Delhi and want to talk to him on the issue.I would like to appeal to him through the media to save these people and not to isolate them only for the cause of vote bank", she said. NRC chief Prateek Hajela, whose office has processed 66 million documents and spent almost $180 million in the whole NRC process, declined comment on the religion of people who would be removed from the register.
India's Election Commission introduced the concept of "D" voters in 1997 under which a person's citizenship rights are stripped.
According to officials of the government, no large scale migration has taken place after the War of Independence or is taking place now from Bangladesh and Assam.
Status quo will be observed and no punitive action will be taken based on the draft NRC, he said. "The draft NRC has been prepared in accordance with the law under the monitoring of the Supreme Court", Singh tweeted soon after his meeting with Banerjee.