MoS Kiren Rijiju speaks up on issue of doubtful voters identified by Foreigners Tribunal of Assam

  • MoS Kiren Rijiju speaks up on issue of doubtful voters identified by Foreigners Tribunal of Assam
03-01-2018 | Pratidin Bureau. |

In the wake of the publication of the first part draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Minister of State of Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, on Tuesday said that almost 19,612 doubtful voters (D-Voters) were declared as foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunal of Assam till October 2017.

The statement was made in reply to the question of the leader of All India United Democratic Front, Badruddin Ajmal in the Lok Sabha. He had questioned Rijiju about the details of the procedure adopted to declare a person as a doubtful voter and how many such doubtful voters were declared as foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunal.

“As per the monthly report of disposal of cases in FT of Assam, 19,612 'D' (doubtful/disputed) voters were declared foreigners till October 2017,” informed Rijiju. However, he went on to add that, “issuing notice to ‘D’ voters is a legal process and there is no question of harassing people. ‘D’ voters are not detained and only people declared as foreigners are kept in detention centres.”

The issue of D-Voters has been instrumental to the election campaigns of various parties in the state in the last elections where almost all of the D-Voters have been portrayed as ‘legal citizens deprived of their rights through the ploy of the state’.

However, with the recent information speaking quite the contrary, the statement is expected to create stringent situations in areas where the population is composed of such D-Voters.

As per the white paper on foreigners issue, released by Assam government's Home and Political Department during intensive revision of electoral rolls in Assam in 1997, the letter 'D' (for doubtful/disputed) was marked against the names of those electors who could not prove their Indian citizenship status at the time of verification.

Tags : Minister of State of Home Affairs Foreigners Tribunal of Assam Assam news Kiren Rijiju D-Voters


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