Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has assured Hindus whose names are missing from the national register of citizens (NRS) that their exclusion from the list will not mean their expulsion from the country.
According to functionaries aware of the developments, Bhagwat was speaking at a closed-door meeting between the Sangh and the BJP in Kolkata on Sunday, where he sought to allay fears that Hindus will also have to face expulsion from Assam where the final NRC list was released on August 31. The final list excluded 1.9 million people, many of them Bengali Hindus.
While the RSS has been campaigning for identifying illegal immigrants, it has had also been pushing for bringing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB that seeks to simplify the process of granting Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The RSS has been pushing for citizenship to be provided to “persecuted Hindus”, claiming that India is the only place for the community. According to a functionary, not wishing to be named, the issue of Hindus excluded from the NRC was raised at the meeting of the Sangh that was held earlier this month in Rajasthan’s Pushkar. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav has made a presentation on the issue.
“The Sangh is of the view that the BJP government should introduce the CAB in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament,” the functionary said. It has also asked its cadre in Assam to reach out to allay fears of those Hindus whose names are not on the NRC list.