Rajnath Singh says there should be no politics over NRC as it is an issue of national interest

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said there should be no politics over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam as it was an issue of national interest.

Press Trust of India August 04, 2018 20:47:46 IST
Rajnath Singh says there should be no politics over NRC as it is an issue of national interest

Lucknow: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said there should be no politics over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam as it was an issue of national interest.

Rajnath Singh says there should be no politics over NRC as it is an issue of national interest

File image of Home Minister Rajnath Singh. News18

Singh also reiterated that this was not the final NRC, but a draft and adequate time would be given to settle all claims and objections.

The NRC, a list of Assam citizens, was published on 30 July with the names of over 40 lakh residents of the state not being included in it.

"I think there should be no politics on the issue of NRC, as the issue of NRC is an issue of national interest. People of Assam were demanding it for a long time, and their demands have been fulfilled."

"Some people are trying to create fears, but I feel that there is no need for anyone to feel afraid. This is only the draft NRC for Assam. People will get time to settle claims and objections," he said.

The process of claims and objections to the NRC will start on 30 August and continue for a month, and if required, NRC authorities may extend the period by another month — till 30 October, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

"If they are still not satisfied, people can appeal to the foreigners' tribunal," Singh told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by the Aryavrat Grameen Bank in Lucknow.

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