In a new shocking twist, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there had been no discussion or talks on implementing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) across the country since his government came to power in 2014.
Modi was contradicting his own Home Minister Amit Shah, who has spoken of the matter not just in various forums, but even in parliament. Shah on November 20th, 2019 informed the Upper House that the Supreme Court-monitored NRC will be updated afresh in Assam and will be a countrywide exercise.
In an election rally in Jharkhand, Shah even set a deadline for NRC- 2024. A nationwide NRC also mentioned in the BJP manifesto of 2019. Interestingly, the verified Twitter handle of BJP deleted a tweet which quoted Shah as saying that “the would ensure implementation of the NRC in the entire country”.
Addressing an election rally in Delhi on December 22nd, 2019, Modi blamed the Congress for spreading “rumours, fake news and misleading the Muslims of the country”.
“The 130 crore Indians have no connection to the CAB. A lot of lies are being spread about NRC as well. It was made during the Congress regime. Where were the protesters then? We did not make it, nor did we bring it to the Parliament or announce it,” he said.
“NRC came at the time of Congress. Were they sleeping then? We neither brought NRC in cabinet nor in Parliament. If we’re passing legislation to give you ownership rights, in the same session will we bring legislation to send you out?,” he further added.
On August 31st, 2019, the Assam government officially released the final NRC list where names of 3,11,21,004 persons were found eligible and 19,06,657 persons were excluded from the list including those who did not submit claims.
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