Implement NRC in every state: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday suggested that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) should be implemented across all states of the country.

While addressing a seminar on ‘NRC issue’ Sonowal said, “With the implementation of NRC in all the states, we can protect all Indians”.

He further said, genuine citizens of India would get adequate opportunities to prove their citizenship and their names will be included in the final list of the NRC.

At the same event, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Ram Madhav said, people excluded from the final list of the Assam-specific National Register of Citizens would be detected, disenfranchised and deported to their countries of origin.

Madhav said, after NRC is being updated, three steps will be taken -“detect, delete and deport” all illegal immigrants from the state. The first step, NRC will ensure the detection of all illegal immigrants. The next step will be delete—deletion of names of illegal immigrants from voters list and deprive them from all government benefits. The next stage will be deportation.

The final draft of NRC Assam which was released in July, included names of 2.89 crore people, out of 3.29 crore applicants in Assam, leaving out names of nearly 40 lakh people.