NEW DELHI: BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav stoked a controversy after he advocated NRC be implemented across India. Madhav did not stop here and went on to suggest people excluded from the final list of Assam-specific National Register of Citizens would be de-franchised and deported to their country.
BJP General Secretary and Assam Chief Minister made the comments while addressing a seminar on ‘NRC: Defending the Borders, Securing the Culture. Madhav said no other country tolerates undocumented migrants, but India has become a “dharamshala for illegal immigrants due to political considerations”.
Madhav also said that country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had enacted an Assam-specific law in the 1950s to deport and expel foreigners. Assam chief minister and BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal said genuine Indian citizens will get adequate opportunities to prove their citizenship and include their names in the final list of the NRC.
The final draft NRC included 2 crore 89 lakh 83 thousand 677 people as ‘eligible’, out of total applicants of 3 crore 29 lakh 91 thousand and 384.