Mamata Banerjee says NRC will lead to bloodbath, civil war in country

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"We have seen the quantum of rejections (people left out of the NRC final draft) in Assam and the states in the north east are extremely cautious lest these people run for refuge from Assam", Jyrwa said.

The Opposition today asked the government to adopt a humanitarian approach on the "sensitive" issue of Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) while ensuring that no Indian was left out of it.

Talking about people whose names did not appear in the final draft, Sailesh said, "The process for making claims and objections will begin on August 30 and continue till September 28".

The draft register, which could become the first such update to Assam's citizenship list since 1951, comes amid what some see as a push by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist government to clamp down on a purported wave of illegal immigration from neighboring Muslim-majority Bangladesh.

Former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who had spearheaded the six-year-long Assam agitation against foreigners and was a signatory to the historic Assam Accord, told PTI that the central government "must deport people, who have come after March 24, 1971, to their original country".

"We are genuine Indian citizens, and maybe there were some technical problems", he said. The people know that there is a system in place and it is for their benefit.

Suban said both he and his father were born in Assam, and showed Reuters a soiled yellow document that showed his father's name in the list of voters in Assam for 1965, before the cut-off date.

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When its first draft was published on 31 December, 2017, the NRC caused concerns in some sections of society since several names were missing from the list. "The publication of the complete draft will go a long way in achieving what an agitation (against illegal migrants from 1979-1985) nearly four decades ago had sought to".

The court said the draft list can not be a basis for any action against people not in it.

"Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear", the home minister told parliament. A lot of them settled in Assam, which has a near-270 km (165-mile) border with Bangladesh.

"In this regard, the court would like to observe that what has been published is a complete draft of NRC and it can't be the basis for any action by any authority", the SC recorded in its order.

However, India does not have a deportation pact with Bangladesh and the government has said it would decide on the fate of those eventually deemed foreigners in consultation with the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the registration process. Responding to opposition attack in Lok Sabha on Monday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said, "I want to ask the Opposition, what is the Centre's role in this?" Abdul Suban, 60, a Bengali-speaking Muslim, said earlier. He said biometrics would help authorities identify the non-citizens if they migrate to other states and change their identities.

Declining to comment on non-inclusion of the 40.07-lakh applicants, NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela said the exercise was carried out as per the instructions of the Supreme Court. NRC chief Prateek Hajela, whose office has processed 66 million documents and spent almost $180 million in the whole NRC process, declined comment on the religion of people who would be removed from the register. We will not let this happen.

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