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The opposition parties in the Parliament on Monday created uproar over the publication of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam forcing adjournment of proceedings till noon.

Opposition parties led by the TMC and the Samajwadi Party created an uproar in the Rajya Sabha over the publication of NRC.

No sooner had the House mourned the death of a former member and listed papers presented, TMC members led by their leader Derek O’Brien were up on their feet raising the issue.

SP members and some from the Congress too started raising the issue leading to a din. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu first said he had not received any notice and later said that some members had met him expressing desire to raise the NRC issue.

Meanwhile, Satyendra Garg Joint Secretary (North East) in the Union Home Ministry said that based on this draft there is no question of any reference to Foreigners Tribunal or any person being taken to the detention centre.

The NRC, for which a total of 3.29 crore people had filed an application, is aimed at identifying illegal immigrants in the state. The unpublished names are still under stages of verification. The process of filing the applications had ended in May, 2018 and a total of 6.5 crore documents were received from 68.27 lakh families across Assam.

Rajiv Roy

Rajiv Roy is Northeast Now Correspondent in New Delhi. He can be reached at: royrajiv2011@rediffmail.com

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