Bengali Hindus excluded from final NRC draft, would be given Indian citizenship: Union Home Minister Amit Shah

On Monday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday informed that those Hindus whose names have not featured in the final list of National Register of Citizens or NRC in Assam, would be given Indian citizenship.

Amit Shah’s statement came in response to a question by Trinamool Congress (TMC) member Derek O’Brien. The TMC MP had raised the issue of the possibility of 23 lakh Bengali Hindus losing citizenship after the publication of the final NRC by 31 July in Assam.

“I want to repeat our stand on NRC. We want to stop infiltration and also push every single infiltrator out of the country. As far as Hindu refugees are concerned, we are bringing the Citizenship Amendment Bill to give them Indian citizenship,” Mr. Shah said.

In its 2019 election manifesto, the BJP said it would compile NRCs across the country. President Ram Nath Kovind’s speech this month also mentioned that NRC would be implemented on “priority basis in areas affected by infiltration.”

At present, on Supreme Court directions, the Registrar-General of India (RGI) published the final draft of the NRC on July 30 last year to exclude those who had illegally entered the State from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971. The RGI on Monday a month’s extension to complete the enumeration process for updating the NRC in Assam.