RS takes up discussion on Assam’s National Register of Citizens

RSTV Bureau
Rajya Sabha

File photo of proceedings being held in Rajya Sabha.

A day after Opposition parties protested in the Rajya Sabha over the publication of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), forcing multiple adjournments of proceedings, the Upper House on Tuesday held a discussion on the issue.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned briefly this morning soon after the laying of papers by the ministers. However, as it reassembled at noon the Chairman allowed discussion on the NRC.

On Monday, no sooner had the House mourned the death of a former member and listed papers presented, TMC members led by their leader Derek O’Brien were up on their feet raising the issue. SP members and some from the Congress too started raising the issue leading to an uproar.

As protesting members moved to the aisle, he warned that House proceedings would be adjourned if they did not return to their seats.

“I am ready for discussions. I want the Home Minister to respond. What (more) you want,” he said. “The Home Minister is here. He will respond,” the Chairman had said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh was present in the House on Monday but members did not heed to his pleas and slogan shouting TMC members moved into the well of the House, forcing Chairman Naidu to adjourn proceedings till 2 PM.

The House was soon adjourned for the day as the protests continued.

Out of 3.29 crore applicants, 2.89 crore have been found eligible for inclusion in the complete draft of NRC, that was released in Guwahati this morning. This meant that the names of 40.07 lakh have been left out.

(With inputs from PTI)