BJP chief Amit Shah today dismissed opposition fears over National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and accused that the Congress was trying to protect ‘illegal Bangladeshis’ by creating unnecessary apprehensions over the NRC.
Recalling that it was Congress Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had signed the Assam Accord on August 14, 1985 after the movement in the state went out of control leading to death of some protesters. “But you didn’t have the courage. We have courage and we are doing it,” he firmly asserted while blasting the `opportunistic’ stand taken by the opposition party. Participating in a discussion on the issue of NRC in Rajya Sabha, he said that the exercise was conducted under the supervision of the Supreme Court.
The Rajya Sabha today witnessed uproar and sloganeering over the final draft Assam NRC, a day after it was released. The Rajya Sabha had taken up the discussion by doing away with the Question Hour, but the debate was disrupted due to vociferous protests by TMC, Congress and some other parties which finally led Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House for the day. ”
Venkaiah Naidu has maintained that Assam NRC issue had a historical background as it was rooted in the Assam Accord. The Opposition leaders gathered in the well as they protested, not allowing BJP chief Amit Shah to complete his statement on the matter.
On Monday also the Rajya Sabha witnessed multiple adjournments as opposition parties created an uproar over the draft of Assam NRC.The names of around 40 lakh people were missing from the ‘complete draft’ of NRC. The TMC, Congress, CPM and SP criticised the Centre over the publication of the list, saying it puts “human rights and democratic rights” of people at stake.