Shah: Opposition politicising the issue of Assam’s National Register of Citizens draft

RSTV Bureau

BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday said that no Indian should be worried about Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), asserting that names of genuine citizens will not be deleted.

“Opposition is politicising this issue for vote-bank politics. The NRC is an issue about national security and national security is most important for us,” he said.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Shah demanded that all political parties must clarify their stand on the NRC issue.

“NRC was at the heart of the Assam Accord. No Indian citizen should be worried about the NRC. For us, NRC is key to security of the country,” he added.

He also underlined that BJP’s stand on this issue has always been consistent.

He also took the opportunity to accuse the Congress of not having the courage to implement it.

The second and final draft of NRC, which is a list of the state’s citizens, was published on Monday with over 2.89 crore names out of 3.29 crore applicants in Assam. Names of around 40.07 lakh applicants did not figure in the document.

The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published in December 2017 as per the Supreme Court’s direction. It was published on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 where names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated.

Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, which was first prepared in 1951.

(With inputs from PTI)