Opposition defies Speaker's appeal for peace in Rajya Sabha

Thursday, 02 Aug, 2018

Shah kicked a uproar in the Rajya Sabha with his statement that the previous Congress government did not have the courage to implement the NRC work that it had started in 2005.

Four family members did not figure on the list, said Habibur Rahman, in the district of Sonitpur, about 200 km (124 miles) east of Guwahati.

"India does not even have an agreement with other countries, particularly Bangladesh, on deportation", she said.

The legally-binding list is being updated for the first time since 1951 to recognize Indian citizens living in Assam and identify those not legally living in the state.

People are now being asked to prove that they or their parents arrived before 24th March 1971, the day before Bangladesh declared itself an independent country from Pakistan and triggered a bitter war.

Some residents say the demography of the state has been altered by illegal Muslim migrants and resent this.

It also refused to say anything about the Centre's proposal to use biometrics to track those who have been left off the list.

The final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) which was published on July 30 has become major point of contention among the political parties.

Her elder son Moidul Islam, a second year MBBS student at Barpeta Medical College, said though they are yet to be told why his mother's name is missing, he suspected that the panchayat certificate she submitted to prove the link with her father could have been rejected.

Bangladesh culture minister Asaduzzaman Noor on Tuesday said that there was no question of taking back those excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. It was taken forward by Sarbananda Sonowal's BJP government after it came to power in 2016.

"Although we have been told that we can apply once again to get our names enlisted in the citizenship list, we are anxious about our future", said Nur Banu, a 45-year-old woman from the Darrang district, whose family of six was missing from the list.

On Wednesday, the federal home minister, Rajnath Singh, said that he had ordered the Assam government not to take any action against those whose names do not appear on the register.

But not everybody is convinced with the government's assurances.

The UNHCR also appealed to the Indian government not to deport those who fail to qualify for citizenship, even after claims and appeals are exhausted. Baruah's sister-in-law Renu Baruah told reporters, "Paresh Baruah may not be aware of his inclusion in the draft NRC". They were languishing in the detention camps at Goalpara and Tezpur since 2012. He also slammed Congress over its "habit" of changing its stand on political issues.

As soon as the House reassembled post lunch, Trinamool Congress members trooped into the well shouting slogans demanding Prime Minister must reply on the issue.