Those excluded from NRC won’t be deported, PM assures Sheikh Hasina

A top Bangladeshi official on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured  Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, that people excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) list in Assam would not be deported to the country.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally assured our premier that those who were excluded from the list under the NRC exercise will not be sent to Bangladesh,” said HT Imam, Political Adviser to Hasina, in a statement to PTI.

Although he did not mention as to when the Indian leader assured his Bangladesh counterpart.

Indian representatives have repeatedly assured the country not to worry about the exercise as it is India’s internal affair, including Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

“We have been repeatedly assured by India that no such thing (deportation) will happen to create any sort of political instability in Bangladesh, particularly when we (Bangladesh) are approaching our national elections by the end of the year,” he said.

The NRC is a list of all legal citizens of India. It will identify illegal migrants in Assam. The NRC of 1951 is being updated to comply with the tripartite agreement between the state, the centre and the All Assam Students Union in 2005 as a key issue for implementation of the 1985 Assam Accord. According to the accord, the residents must prove that they entered Assam prior to midnight of March 24, 1971, which marks the start of the military operation by the Pakistani army in the then East Pakistan to suppress the Bangladesh liberation movement.

In the Supreme court-monitored exercise, the final draft of NRC was published on July 30 and left out over 40 lakh people.

In September, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav had said that people excluded from the final list of Assam-specific NRC would be removed from the voter list and deported to their country.

However, on October 5 he said that no genuine Indian citizen will be victimised. “Nothing will be done against the law of the land. We are following the constitutional process.”


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