Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal issued a warning to those trying to destabilise his state following the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) on Sunday.
Speaking to the press after the release of the final draft of NRC, Sonowal said that the people of his state have welcomed it and thanked them for maintaining peace.
“People and media have given huge support to the NRC process that’s going on in the State under the supervision of the Honourable Supreme Court. I thank them for their role in maintaining peace and tranquillity,” he said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, however, warned that he will not allow anyone to vitiate the atmosphere in Assam alleging that some sections are trying to create law and order problems.
“While people have welcomed the draft NRC, certain sections are trying to destabilise and spread lies. People of Assam have always lived with peace and harmony. We will not allow anyone to disturb peace and law & order,” he said.
“Assam is a very peaceful state and we are confident that all sections of society will come forward to maintain peace and tranquillity in the time to come. We will always abide by the direction of Supreme Court,” asserted Sonowal.
A day before the release of the final draft, Sonowal had urged people to refrain from making “inflammatory” remarks.
He had, during an all-party meeting last night, appreciated the role of the people of Assam in successful completion of the “herculean task” of preparing the NRC.
He said that the Assam Government would not tolerate any “communal remarks” on the NRC and people must work jointly to thwart all “evil designs of divisive forces”.
The members of Congress, BJP, Asom Gana Parisad, CPI(M), CPI, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and representatives of Karbi Anglong as well as NC Hills Autonomous councils were present at the meeting on 29 July.
The representative of parties, too, agreed to extend whole-hearted support to the authorities involved in preparing the NRC. The parties said they would extend necessary legal aid to the genuine applicants.
All parties requested people not to panic if their names did not appear on the list as “all genuine applicants would get ample time for claims and objections”.
Dispelling fears of confinement, Sonowal said no one would be sent to any detention camp after the publication of the final draft.
Earlier today, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament that the first complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is not the final list and that those whose names do not appear in the draft list published in Assam today can file their claims and objections as per provision in law.
Singh also urged the opposition not to politicise the matter.
The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said, “This is a very sensitive issue. Everyone should lend their support. To call the government brutal and inhuman over the issue are simply levelling of baseless allegations.”
“Such sensitive issues should not be unnecessarily politicised,” he added.
“Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear. I want to assure all that there is no need for any apprehension or fear. Some misinformation is also being spread. NRC process has been done impartially,” said the Home Minister.