Millions in Assam might lose Indian citizenship after NRC list tabled in House, Opposition labels it ‘inhuman’

On Monday, the opposition TMC labeled the NRC list in Assam as ‘inhuman’, creating a ruckus which led to the House being adjourned briefly till 12. The Congress and other opposition members supported the claim.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu asked the agitating members to go back to their seats as he was ready for a discussion on the issue.

“Some members met me in my chamber. I have requested the Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) to be present in the House. He is here. Bring order in the House. The Home Minister is ready to respond,” Naidu said.

Some TMC members were heard saying that their party has given notice for adjournment over the issue but Naidu rejected the claim, saying that he has not received any notice.  O’Brian and other TMC members were heard saying that the NRC in Assam is “inhuman”.

In the north-eastern state of Assam, India has published a list which strips four million people of their citizenship. It says the process is to root out hordes of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

The list, named as the National Register of Citizens (NRC), is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, when Bangladesh was created.

The list has sparked fears of targeted hunting towards ethnic minorities in Assam. However, officials have said that no one will face immediate deportation and that the option of an appeal will be available to all.

The Assam government is scheduled to release the updated NRC on Monday.

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