Opposition defies Speaker's appeal for peace in Rajya Sabha

Opposition defies Speaker's appeal for peace in Rajya Sabha

Any eligible person in Assam must not be left behind from enrolling and voting.

But authorities assured that those who could not make it to the draft list will not face "immediate deportation or be arrested".

He said that a confusion is being spread that the names of Indian citizens have been removed from the list, just to mislead the people.

The definitive list will be announced in December.

Assam witnessed the publication of the historic full draft of the NRC on Monday in which 2,89,83,677 people were included out of a total 3,29,91,384 applicants.

The Congress leader said the disruption in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday was entirely due to the "unwarranted provocative statement made by BJP leaders and the BJP members, which is in direct conflict with what the home minister informed Lok Sabha".

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Claiming that the Union government was acting in the interest of "national security" by tracing illegal immigrants, BJP president Amit Shah accused the opposition of seeking to indulge in vote-bank politics, while Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee alleged that the saffron party was seeking to divide the country on social fault lines.

Names of around 40.07 lakh applicants, however, did not figure in the document on National Register for Citizens in Assam, sparking a row.

Critics see the citizenship test as a means to target Assam's Muslim minority, a charge the BJP denies.

Reminding the Congress that the NRC was their idea, he said: "The Assam Accord was signed by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on August 14, 1984".

What happens to those who aren't on the list?

"Imagine what a family will go through if your mother, grandmother or wife is declared a foreigner", said a government official here. It added that a local registrar has to give notice to those who have filed claims and objections, and give them reasonable opportunity for hearing.

NRC officials said those who missed the final draft would be issued a personal letter before August 6 citing the reasons for rejection of their applications so that they could submit the specific document during the 52-day claims and objection period from August 7 for inclusion of their names. Paresh Baruah, who launched his revolution for "sovereignty" of Assam almost 40 years ago and leading it reportedly now from somewhere along the China-Myanmar border, has his name in the complete draft also, along with the names of five of his family members, according to his brother Bikul Baruah.

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