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Although it is only a draft and hearing on the objection is still pending but only those people's name have been struck off who could not prove their citizenship.

At the outset, Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator Prateek Hajela placed before the court its status report giving details of publication of the draft NRC on Monday. Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, which was first prepared in 1951. While talking to reporters in Kolkata, the High Commissioner also said this issue has not been raised at the official level by the government of India with the Bangladesh government at any stage and mentioned that he will not interfere in an internal matter.

"To allay the fear of states, the government is contemplating to collect biometric data of over 40 lakh people, so that if declared foreigners escapes to another state under a false identity then they may be tracked by authorities concerned", Venugopal said.

The first draft, released on December 31, confirmed 19 million people were citizens. The first draft of the list was published on 1 January, listing 19m names. "No genuine Indian citizen should have any fear", said Sailesh.

Illegal immigration is an important issue 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. "The potential exclusion of over 4 million people, many of them Muslims, raises concerns over arbitrary detention and possible statelessness without due process", a statement released by the organisations said. The CM also extended heartiest congratulations to the 55,000 officials engaged in NRC updation process and the people living across the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys, plains and hills of the State. "This isolation has been done keeping in mind as to who can vote for the BJP and who cannot vote for them", she allged.

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"Indian home minister Rajnath Singh did not raise the issue during the talks with me", home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told The Independent on Friday night when his remarks were sought with regards to the NRC update and reference of Bangladeshis in the process. In the complete draft NRC published on Monday, the names of 40 lakh of the total of 3.29 crore applicants were found missing.

“Already, the Union Home Minister has categorically stated that no one would be sent to the detention camps even if their names do not appear in NRC, ” he reiterated.

"The government is stigmatizing a group of people".

"Every person will get sufficient time to file claims and objections, there is nothing to panic, for this is just a draft NRC".

"The BJP has the audacity to say that they would implement NRC in Bengal and thinks only they and their supporters would stay in India and rest will have to leave the country", she said. The issue has become a political flashpoint between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and opposition parties.


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