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All eyes would be on Assam as the government is set to release the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Villagers wait outside the National Register of Citizens (NRC) centre at Mayong Village in Morigaon district.

Sailesh, who goes by one name, said the draft citizens register was not meant to drive people out, and that those left off the list will have until the end of September to file an appeal.

Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav (SP) said the move would lead to "hatred" and "violence" in Assam and dubbed it as a "war on people" who have been living in the state for the last 40 years.

Chief Minister of the state Sarbananda Sonowal assured that the Indian citizens whose names are not included in 30th July's list need not worry. In 1983, more than 2,000 suspected Muslim migrants were massacred by a mob in the village of Nellie.

With the 2019 Lok Sabha polls now being the focus, the BJP is treading carefully with the NRC given the fact that the party drew flak in the northeast on the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2014 under which the centre wants to give citizenship to Hindu refugees who have come from neighbouring countries fearing religious attacks.

"If the government has made a decision to brand us foreigners what can we do?" said the 60-year-old. In order to wean out cases of illegal migration from Bangladesh and other adjoining areas, NRC updation was carried out under The Citizenship Act, 1955, and according to rules framed in the Assam Accord.

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The NRC is an application-based process and if someone does not apply for inclusion of name, that person's name will not figure in the list, however prominent the individual may be, the official said. "We can not contact people in Assam".

Existence of name in the legacy data: The legacy data is the collective list of the NRC data of 1951 and the electoral rolls up to midnight of 24 March 1971. A lot of them settled in Assam.

Elsewhere in the country's northern heartland, lynchings of Muslim cattle traders have risen under Modi in the country where many Hindus consider cows sacred, further deepening social divides.

"Whatever work is going on in the NRC, is happening under the supervision of the Supreme Court. The publication of the complete draft will go a long way in achieving what an agitation (against illegal migrants from 1979-1985) nearly four decades ago had sought to".

The following remark by the Bengal CM comes after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had claimed that the following NRC data is just a draft and the final list will be released in December. "Hence there is no need to panic", Singh said in the upper house of parliament.

Allegations of illegal movement of people from India's porous border with Bangladesh have triggered sectarian tensions between the state's indigenous population and Bengali-speaking Muslims.


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