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The opposition parties on Thursday urged President Ram Nath Kovind to ensure that not a single Indian citizen is left out from the NRC list.
Continuing their protest against the NRC in Assam, a delegation of united opposition also submitted a memorandum to the President and accused the government of undermining the nation’s democratic and secular values and alleged that the draft NRC had resulted in the exclusion of “40 lakh Indians.”
“We have appealed to the President that not a single Indian should be excluded from the NRC lists,” TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay told Northeast Now.
The delegation of opposition parties includes the Congress, TMC and the Left.
The opposition parties have also accused the government of spreading misleading statements against the Supreme Court over the NRC issue.
“The NRC had resulted in the exclusion of over 40 lakh Indian citizens, including Bengalis, Assamese, Rajasthanis, Marwaris, Biharis, Gorkhas, Punjabis, those from Uttar Pradesh and the southern states and tribals, who were residents of Assam for a very long period,” the delegation said.
The aftermath of the NRC 2018 was an example of the ruling dispensation threatening and attempting to ruin the country’s great institutions like the Constitution, Parliament, the judiciary and the media, it alleged.
“As the custodian of these great institutions, we appeal and urge upon you to ensure that not a single Indian citizen is excluded from the NRC list in Assam,” the leaders said.
The member in the delegation include Anand Sharma of the Congress, Mohammad Salim of the CPI(M), H D Deve Gowda of the JD(S), Y S Chowdhary of the TDP and Sanjay Singh of the AAP.