While contentious process of developing National Register of Citizens aka NRC for Assam proceeds, PM Narendra Modi promised during the Silchar election campaign today that “no genuine Indian citizen will left out of the NRC”.
Hitting the road for 20 states in 100 days mission, PM Modi reached Assam’s Silchar for the first leg of his election campaign scheme. Silchar is considered the nerve-centre of the Bengali-dominated Barak Valley, an area where BJP had failed to come through in 2014 – which is why Modi decided to reimburse the electoral wave. However, there has been widespread distress in Assam after a number of citizens were left out of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that contains names of all genuine Indian citizens living in India.
Talking about the NRC update exercise, PM Modi assured that “No Indian citizen will be left out of the final NRC” as the Supreme Court has agreed to “accept a number of documents, including relief eligibility and camp certificates as valid documents” for claiming Indian citizenship under the Citizenship Act. Assam has also seen protests against the bill that is seeking amendment of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 1955 that provides citizenship to illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who are of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian origin.
The decision to pick Shichar to make the announcement of the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Parliament is seen as a clear tactic to mend the aggravated Bengali-speaking voters of the region, including Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh and secure the Karimganj and Silchar assembly seats ahead of the general elections.