New Delhi, Aug 7: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday backed the National Register of Citizens (NRC) saying that registration regarding the illegal immigrants should be done at national level. Speaking to news agency ANI, Khattar said that a decision regarding NRC at the national level will be taken by the Centre.
“A decision regarding this will be taken at the central level. After that, we’ll act, as & when the states are directed. A registration of such kind should also be done at the national level,” Haryana CM said when he was asked if the registration of illegal immigrants will be conducted in Haryana.
Another support to the NRC has come a day after the ruling National People’s Party (NPP)-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government said it is open to the idea of conducting National Register of Citizens (NRC) updation exercise in the state, on the lines of Assam.
“NRC is a new concept in the state and the state government is open to the idea that has emanated from the people of the state that such an exercise should be also carried out in Meghalaya as it was done in Assam,” Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said, adding, various groups and political parties are also supporting the idea of NRC.
Meghalaya isn’t the first state where the NRC updation is being received positively. Different tribal-based political parties in Tripura, including the ruling BJP’s junior partner Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), have also been demanding an NRC in the state.
“We had earlier organised rallies in Tripura demanding initiation of NRC in the state. On August 23 the IPFT will hold a mega rally in (the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council headquarters) Khumulwng,” IPFT Vice-President Ananta Debbarma had earlier told the media.
CM Biplab Kumar Deb, however, said that everyone in the state had valid documents and there was no demand for an NRC.
The Trinamool chief and West Bengal Chief Minister has, however, attacked the Narendra Modi government over the NRC list in Assam, which had nearly 40 lakh people excluded, saying people are being victimised to win elections and it would only lead to a civil war. “The situation cannot be tolerated. There will be a civil war, bloodbath in the country,” Banerjee had said.
To which, Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a veiled attack at her saying that “some are trying to create an atmosphere of fear”. “I am saying this again: no coercive action will be taken against anyone in any situation. Attempts to create an atmosphere of fear are condemnable,” he had said.