National Register for Citizens (NRC) will be carried out across the country, Home Minister Amit Shah announced in parliament today. “No one from any religion should be worried,” he added.
Amit Shah said the NRC is “just a process” to get everyone under the citizen’s list.” The Assam citizen’s list left out 19 lakh people. Most of these are people who haven’t produced adequate documents to prove their claims, according to officials. The government says they will not be declared illegal immediately. They have the option of appealing to Foreigners’ Tribunals and subsequently approach the courts.
Earlier, Mr Shah had said at a rally in Kolkata that the NRC was a matter of national security and “no country can run smoothly under the weight of so many intruders”.
Accusing Mamata Banerjee of spreading lies about “millions of Hindus” having to leave Bengal, he asserted: “I today want to assure Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist and Christian refugees, you will not be forced to leave India by the government.”