Assam Citizens’ List Exercise Raised Fear Among People, Says CPI(M)

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Residents whose names were left out in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) get their documents checked during an appeal hearing against the non-inclusion of names at an NRC office in Assam’s Nagaon, on June 3, 2019. — IANS

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NEW DELHI — While expressing its concern over the fate of those who are excluded rather could not make to the final list of NRC in Assam published on Saturday morning, the CPI(M) said the exclusion of over 19 lakh people from the National Register of Citizen in Assam had evoked fear in legitimate citizens of being left out of the document.

The Politburo of the Left party, in a statement, said it was important now to ensure that all genuine citizens of the country, who had failed to make it to the list, were included.

“The publication of the final list of the National Register of Citizens in Assam has resulted in 19.06 lakh (over 1.9 million) persons to be excluded from the list. This huge number has roused legitimate fears that a large number of Indian citizens have been excluded,” the statement read.

The CPI(M) is against the introduction of the NRC in the rest of India as the BJP government at the Centre intends to use this process for their divisive communal agenda for sharpening polarisation

CPI(M) has also listed the steps that should be taken to ensure that no legitimate citizens were left out.

Firstly, the government should spell out what would be the status and rights of those who were excluded, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said.

“Till their appeals are heard and the process is completed, the status quo should be maintained with regard to their existing rights and facilities. In Assam, an all-party meeting must be convened to discuss the matter,” it added.

“Moreover, as per the rules, it will consider the merit of the application before deciding to admit it. The CPI(M) wants the right of appeal to be processed through a judicial mechanism. The foreigners tribunals are not adequate for this purpose,” the Left party said.

It further said the present system of sending those declared as foreigners by the tribunals to detention camps had to be stopped as it was “violative of the basic human rights”.

“The updating of the NRC in Assam came about in specific historical and political circumstances. The CPI(M) is against the introduction of the NRC in the rest of India as the BJP government at the Centre intends to use this process for their divisive communal agenda for sharpening polarisation,” it alleged.

(With inputs from PTI)

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