Opposition meets President to ensure no Indian is excluded from NRC list

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Meeting President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday a delegation of opposition parties submitted a memorandum appealing him to ensure that not a single Indian is excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) list in Assam.

The memorandum read, “We appeal and urge upon you to ensure that not a single Indian citizen is excluded from the NRC list in Assam.”

The delegation included Anand Sharma of the Congress, Sudip Bandyopadhyay of the TMC, Mohammad Salim of the CPI(M), H D Deve Gowda of the JD(S), Y S Chowdhary of the TDP and Sanjay Singh of the AAP among others.

The complete draft released on July 30, included names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants in Assam. However, names of nearly 40 lakh people have been missing from the NRC list.

The Opposition has been coming down at the Centre for exclusion of people from the list. However, the government has clarified that it was not the final list and that the exercise was being monitored by the Supreme Court.

The first draft of the Assam’s NRC was published on the intervening night of December 31, 2017, and January 1, 2018 which included names of 1.9 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants.

The NRC draft for Assam features the names, addresses, and photographs of all Indian citizens who have been residing in the northeastern state before March 25, 1971.

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