Why 4 million people in this Indian state risk losing citizenship

Prateek Hajela State Coordinator NRC

However, Shah, rejecting Banerjee's charges, sought to project the NRC in Assam as a national security issue and rights of Indians.

Assam has been racked by waves of violence over the years as residents, including tribal groups, have clashed with both Hindu and Muslim settlers, whom they accuse of plundering resources and taking away jobs.

NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela said that people can apply for these claims, objections and corrections from August 30 to September 28. "Now, we desire that it should be extended to all the north eastern states".

"This divide and rule policy will finish the country", she told a press conference in Kolkata and alleged it was a "gameplan" to isolate and "throw out of the state" Bengali speaking people and Biharis.

An expert studying the NRC developments said that the state could turn into a tinderbox if the omitted people in certain pockets outnumber those who are included. "Once these people are declared stateless, we stand the risk of inviting intervention from the United Nations, which we may not want", Nani Gopal Mahanta, head of the department of political science at Gauhati University, said.

BJP president Amit Shah along with other senior leaders Dharmendra Pradhan, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari and Ananth Kumar reached the Parliament library building early Tuesday morning.

The complete draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) has proved to be a great leveller, as it excluded people across the social spectrum - from daily-wagers and marginal farmers to soldiers and MLAs.




Meghalaya's influential Khasi Students Union (KSU) called upon the traditional bodies and village elders to detect and report any spillover incidents.

The Arunachal Pradesh government has issued advisories to the police department to maintain a strict vigil on all the check-gates of the state and carry out frisking of dubious people.

Bengali campaigner Nazrul Ali Ahmed is adamant that the NRC is simply a Hindu witch hunt against ethnic minorities. "We have divided Guwahati into eight zones to keep a watch on the situation".

The BJP president added that the Centre will fully implement the Supreme Court's directives in the matter and that "no Indian citizen" should be anxious about the NRC draft. Majority settled in Assam, which has a near-270 km (165-mile) border with Bangladesh. "Names of my other family members have been mentioned on the list", she said. Security has been tightened across Assam.

The opposition targeted the ruling party over NRC (National Register of Citizens), with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the Centre and Assam government for turning "Indian citizens into refugees in their own land".

During his campaign in the state as the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) prime ministerial candidate, Modi had said Bangladeshi infiltrators, precisely Muslims, will be thrown out of Bengal.

"We have not discussed the matter in a party forum yet". The BJP has claimed that everyone will be granted an opportunity to claim their citizenship as only NRC draft has been published for Assam.

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