Guwahati, Jan 3: Just hours after the first draft of National Register of Citizens was released, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that those not part of NRC would not hold any Constitutional rights. In an interview with Times of India, Sonowal has said that those who don’t make it to the NRC would be allowed to live in India on humanitarian grounds till the government decides on their expulsion. (How to check your name in NRC)

Sonowal said that the people declared foreigners will be barred from all Constitutional rights including fundamental and electoral. He also added that the focus first is to segregate foreigners and then the government will move to the deportation issue.

The first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was released by Assam government on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. As many as 1.9 crore out of 3.29 crore people were included as legal citizens of India in the first draft of NRC. NRC is a register containing names of Indian citizens, which was prepared for the only time in 1951 and is being updated for only Assam to weed out illegal immigrants.

Assam, which has been facing an influx from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, first prepared in 1951. The Supreme Court is monitoring the entire process. The apex court had ordered that the first draft of the NRC be published by December 31 after completing the scrutiny of over two crore claims along with that of around 38 lakh people whose documents were suspect.