Earlier in July last week more than 40 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants in Assam were left out of the complete draft National Register of Citizens (NRC). This five-year exercise was completed at a cost of ₹1,220 crore.
The exercise aimed at identifying illegal immigrants in the state that borders Bangladesh was carried out in Assam following a decision in 2005 after a series of meetings between the central and state governments and the influential All Assam Students’ Union (AASU).
Now Ram Madhav, BJP’s General Secretary has said that those people excluded from the final list of Assam-specific National Register of Citizens would be de-franchised and deported to their country.
He said in 1985 the ‘Assam Accord’ was signed according to which the government had made a commitment to “detect, delete and deport” all illegal immigrants from the state.
The chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, on the other hand, has suggested that the practice of National Register of Citizens (NRC) should be implemented across India.