40 lakh in Assam labelled 'illegals' after massive SC-monitored drill

40 lakh in Assam labelled 'illegals' after massive SC-monitored drill

40 lakh in Assam labelled 'illegals' after massive SC-monitored drill

This set off strong political reactions with the opposition attacking BJP for trying to divide the people for political gains. BJP regards Bangladeshis as illegal immigrants and infiltrators who are increasing the population of Muslims in India to the overall detriment of Hindus which the BJP claims to represent.

Names of 40.07 lakh applicants were not included in the historic document, considered proof of Assamese identity.

Several other survivors of the "Nellie Massacre", which killed around 2,000 people from more than a dozen villages, gave accounts of burying bodies in a mass grave now partly under water. Party leader Saugata Roy was seen holding a placard which read "Why are you isolating fellow Indians for electoral politics".

Suban said both he and his father were born in Assam, and showed Reuters a soiled yellow document that showed his father's name in the list of voters in Assam for 1965, before the cut-off date. "We have always demanded removal of illegal immigrants".

With the Assam NRC draft list, opposition has got more teeth to hit out at the Centre ahead of a number of state polls and 2019 general elections.

Separately, Union minister Kiren Rijiju told Parliament only 39 Bangladeshi nationals had entered Assam illegally and they have been deported over the last two years.

The final list, released on Monday, left out almost 40 lakh people, incorporating names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants.

"Don't they care about the human rights of the citizens of the country?"

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was scheduled to reply to the discussion on the issue, could not do so for the second day in a row. While addressing a gathering here, Banerjee underscored that India-Pakistan-Bangladesh were one nation before partition.

"Many people have been identified as foreigners and they are to be sent back". It is happening under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

He announced that if the BJP won, Bangladeshi immigrants who worshipped goddess Durga would be spared but the rest would be packed off.

"Not guts but greed for power, driving them to polarise India over NRC". Millions of people can not be thrown out of citizenship at a stroke.

BJP Chief Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha that Congress did no have the guts to implement NRC, but BJP has and so we have implemented it.

"A new revolution, to defeat the alien enemy, is beckoning", a young woman sings, "bravely let us shield our motherland". NRC chief Prateek Hajela, whose office has processed 66 million documents and spent almost $180 million in the whole NRC process, declined comment on the religion of people who would be removed from the register.

Shah had said, "Rajiv Gandhi signed the Assam Accord in 1985, which was similar to NRC".

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