New Delhi: People who will be excluded from the final list of National Register of Citizens in Assam would be de-franchised and deported to their country, Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Ram Madhav said on Monday at a seminar. On the other hand, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the NRC should be implemented in all states across India.
Speaking at a seminar on ‘NRC: Defending the Borders, Securing the Culture’, Madhav said that the NRC was being updated as per the ‘Assam Accord’ signed in 1985 under which the Rajiv Gandhi government had decided to “detect, delete and deport” all illegal immigrants from the state, PTI said. He said, “The NRC will ensure the detection of all illegal immigrants. The next step will be delete – means deletion of names of illegal immigrants from voters list and deprive them from all government benefits. The next stage will be deportation.”
Madhav also lashed out at the critics who said that India may have to face international criticism if the government pursued with the deportation of illegal immigrants. He asserted that even Bangladesh was in talks with Myanmar over the deportation of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution in Myanmar.
The BJP general secretary added that India had become a “dharamshala” or a lodge for illegal immigrants because of political considerations, even though no country in the world tolerates illegal immigrants, PTI reported.
Madhav also said that country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had enacted an Assam-specific law in the 1950s to deport and expel foreigners, as he had realised the “enormity of the problem of illegal immigrants in Assam,” PTI reported. Taking a jibe at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Madhav said, “Nehru’s great-grandson should read the history and extend support to detect and deport illegal immigrants from Assam.”
Meanwhile, speaking at the seminar, which was organised by think-tank ‘Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini’, Assam CM Sonowal said that the NRC document protects all Indian citizens and hence it should be implemented in all states. “The NRC should be implemented in all states. This is a document which can protect all Indians. Those who will be excluded from the NRC in Assam can go to other states. So we will have to take strong step,” he said.
The Supreme-court monitored update of the NRC is an exercise to identify genuine Indian nationals residing in Assam. A political controversy was triggered after the final draft list published on July 30 excluded more than 40 lakh people from the list.