Fate of 41 lakh individuals was at stake in the final NRC list. But against the prior estimates, only 19 lakh individuals were left out in the final list. Hitting out at the BJP, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Chief and Hyderabad lawmaker Asaduddin Owaisi said that the myth of ‘illegal immigrant’ is busted. “BJP should learn a lesson. They should stop asking for NRC throughout the country in terms of Hindus and Muslims. They should learn from what has happened in Assam. The so-called myth of illegal migrants has been busted,” Owaisi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
“I have my own doubts that the BJP through Citizen Amendment Bill can bring a bill wherein they can try to give citizenship to all non-Muslims, which will again be a violation of Right to Equality,” he added. Talking about the final results of the NRC, Owaisi said that, “many people in Assam have told me that the parents' names are included, but names of their children are excluded. For example, Mohammad Sanaullah, he has served in Army. His case is pending in High Court. I am sure that he will also get justice.”
In 2018, the then BJP chief Amit Shah had slammed the Opposition. "NRC is being conducted on the Supreme Court order. There are 40 lakh people (missing in the list) ... Whom do you want to save? You want to save illegal Bangladeshis?" the BJP chief had asked.
The updated final NRC, which validates bonafide Indian citizens of Assam, was out on Saturday, with over 19 lakh applicants who failed to make it to the list staring at an uncertain future. A total of 3,30,27,661 people had applied to be included in the NRC. Of them, 3,11,21,004 have been included in the document and 19,06,657 excluded, a statement from the NRC State Coordinator's office said here.
Those who have been excluded from the National Register of Citizens have 120 days to appeal against it at Foreigners Tribunals. The Assam government has already ruled out detention of people who do not figure in the list "in any circumstances" till the time Foreigners Tribunals declare them foreigners. The final list was published at 10 am and the hard copies of the Supplementary List of Inclusions are available for public viewing at the NRC Seva Kendras (NSK), offices of the deputy commissioner and offices of the Circle Officer during office hours, a statement by the NRC authority said.
Hundreds of people began thronging these offices soon after the list was released, with some returning home happy and some disappointed.
The ruling BJP and opposition Congress, besides the All Assam Students Union said they were dissatisfied with the final citizenship roll.
(With agency inputs)