Those left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) are not stateless or foreigners, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) made it clear on Thursday. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stated that no country allows an illegal person to stay in its territory.
It may be mentioned here that his remarks came after a recent statement by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Assam. Kumar said, “Can somebody tell me, which country allows an illegal person to stay in its territory. Of course, due process has to be followed and it is being followed.”
He maintained that it has been conveyed to the Bangladesh Home Minister that the NRC is an internal matter of India.
Kumar also said that NRC is a legal process and “Whatever has been told by the court has been followed by the executive.” Kumar asserted that there is no bias or prejudice. “The 1.9 million people have the right to appeal before the Foreigners Tribunals’, High Court and the Supreme Court,” he added.
On the other hand, the MEA spokesperson said that foreign journalists who wants to visit Jammu and Kashmir and the northeastern states, including restricted area permit (RAP) and protected area permit (PAP) states, will have to seek prior permission of the Government of India.