Detect, delete, deport, says Madhav on National Register of Citizens

Ruling party BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, at an event organised by think-tank ‘Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini’, said the people who had been excluded from the final list of National Register of Citizens would be de-franchised and deported to their country, PTI reported. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal gave a suggestion that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) be implemented across India.

“The NRC will ensure the detection of all illegal immigrants. The next step will be delete – means deletion of names of illegal immigrants from voters list and deprive them from all government benefits. The next stage will be deportation,” Madhav said.

He referred to the Assam Accord in 1985 as a part of the updation of the registry, in which the government had committed to “detect, delete and deport” all illegal immigrants from the state.

Sonowal said ‘genuine’ Indian citizens would be provided ‘adequate’ opportunities for proving their citizenship.

“The NRC should be implemented in all states. This is a document which can protect all Indians. Those who will be excluded from the NRC in Assam can go to other states. So we will have to take strong step,” he said.

Madhav pointed out how no country tolerated illegal immigrants however, India had become a “dharamshala” (lodge) for illegal immigrants due to political considerations.

He said former first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru had enacted a state-specific law in the 1950s to expel foreigners after realizing the enormity of the problem.

“Nehru’s great-grandson should read the history and extend support to detect and deport illegal immigrants from Assam,” he said, referring to Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

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 had said that no one will face immediate deportation and that the option of an appeal will be available to all.

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