After NRC Comes Detect, Delete, And Deport, Says BJP's Ram Madhav On Assam List

| September 11 , 2018 , 09:43 IST

In contrast to Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) Coordinator Prateek Hajela's earlier assurances that no action would be taken against people missing from the list, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Monday said that people missing from the list would eventually be deported.

"Three steps will be taken after NRC. Detect, Delete and Deport. NRC will ensure detection of illegal immigrants. Next step will be disenfranchise- deletion of names of illegal immigrants from voters list and deprive them from government benefits. 3rd stage will be deportation," Ram Madhav said on the NRC which was made to identify genuine Indian citizens as opposed to illegal immigrants.

Ram Madhav continued that the citizen's register is being updated as a part of the 1985 Assam Accord under which the government had committed to "detect, delete and deport" all illegal immigrants from the state. He said that India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, after realising the enormity of the problem of illegal immigrants in Assam had enacted a state-specific law in the 1950s to expel the foreigners.

"Nehru's great-grandson should read the history and extend support to detect and deport illegal immigrants from Assam," said Madhav, referring to Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

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The BJP General Secretary added that no country in the world tolerates illegal immigrants but India has become a "dharamshala" (lodge) for illegal immigrants due to political considerations.

The final draft of the NRC for the state of Assam was released on July 30, according to which 2.89 crore people have been found eligible out of the total 3.29 crore applicants, and a total of 40 lakh applicants have been left out of the final draft, putting into question their citizenship.

Opposition parties slammed the NRC list, especially West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who warned that the list may spark a civil war. The government assured that those who are genuine Indian citizens will have a chance to prove themselves and that the July 30 list is just a first draft.