Do You Want To Keep Intruders Here? Amit Shah Questions Congress On Assam NRC

| August 6 , 2018 , 07:50 IST

The release of Assam's draft list for the National Citizens Register on July 30 sparked backlash from Opposition parties. BJP national president Amit Shah while in Uttar Pradesh to attend the renaming event of the Mughalsarai station on Sunday took the opportunity to slam the Opposition over their criticism of the Assam NRC, which marked 40 lakh residents as not legal citizens.

"NRC is for taking out Bangladeshis from Assam. Mamata says NRC should not happen, Congress says the same. I ask Rahul Gandhi -- should NRC happen or not? He does not reply," Amit Shah said.

"Should Bangladeshis be taken away or not? I want to ask Congress -- decide whether you want to keep the intruders here or not," he added.

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On July 31, a day after the Assam NRC was released, Amit Shah addressing a press conference and asked Opposition parties to clear their stand on the Bangladeshi infiltration situation.

“Congress, TMC and other parties who are speaking against National Registry of Citizens,  Assam should clear their stand on Bangladeshi infiltrators,” Shah had said earlier.

“Even when we were in opposition, we clearly believed that the Bangladeshi intruders have no place in our country and that is our stand today,” he added.

The final draft of the National Register of Citizens (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, the state NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela said.

A total of 40 lakh applicants have been left out of the final draft, putting into question their citizenship, however, no action has been announced against the 40 lakh not on the list.

Hajela emphasised that the list is just a draft, and not the final list and that people who are not included can make claims and objections.