Assam NRC issue
Preventing illegal migrants a commitment of Indira-Mujib deal, says Modi
Published : Sunday, 12 August, 2018 at 3:22 PM Count : 462
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said preventing illegal migrants was a commitment in the Indira-Mujib Accord of 1972 and Rajiv Gandhi-AASU Accord of 1985.
The Indian Prime Minister made the comment in an e-mail interview published in The Times of India.
In the interview, Times of India asked, “In the bitter politics over Assam’s national register of citizens, BJP is accused of playing divisive politics. What is the recourse for the 4 million people declared non-citizens?”
In response Modi said, “Preventing illegal migrants was a commitment in the Indira-Mujib Accord of 1972 and Rajiv Gandhi-AASU Accord of 1985. Though Congress accepted it, vote bank politics-that the party is adept at -prevented it from actually implementing the process. Congress lacked political will and courage. It is guilty of criminal negligence on this country.”
“It was our promise to the people of India to complete the NRC process. It is not about politics but about people. We are complying with the Supreme Court’s directions and following the procedural fairness as mandated by the Court. The process is on and the list released is only a draft list,” the Indian Prime Minister added.
Terming the Assam NRC issue as “national interest” Modi further said, “I am sure all Indians will agree that sovereignty and citizenship are essential aspects of any nation. Those unnecessarily raising controversies need to realise the genuineness of this exercise and that it is monitored by the Supreme Court. It is ironic that our opponents who do not have faith in the CJI now don’t even have a faith in a Supreme Court-monitored exercise. It is only an issue of national interest. There is no place for politics when it comes to national interest.”
Mentionable, India has published a list which effectively strips about four million people in the north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship.
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, a day before neighbouring Bangladesh declared independence.
India says the process is needed to identify illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
But it has sparked fears of a witch hunt against Assam's ethnic minorities.