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To be recognised as citizens, all residents of Assam had to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in India before March 24, 1971.

"This is an internal issue for Assam and India, Bangladesh has nothing to do with it". "The security of our borders is the government's top priority", he said. Abdul Suban, 60, a Bengali-speaking Muslim, said earlier.

A debate over citizenship has erupted as the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was released for Assam on Monday, with more than 40 lakh people being left out.

Veteran Assam Congress leader and former chief minister Tarun Gogoi said that 40 "is a big figure" and he feared that a lot of them are "genuine" Indian citizens.

Opposition parties had also assured full support to the state government in maintaining law and order.

Former Supreme Court judge, Justice Markandey Katju, has warned that the consequences to exclude 40 lakh residents of Assam by declaring them illegal immigrants will be unsafe. "The NRC is nothing but a game plan for vote bank politics", Chatterjee said. We will not let this happen.

"We have seen the quantum of rejections (people left out of the NRC final draft) in Assam and the states in the north east are extremely cautious lest these people run for refuge from Assam", Jyrwa said. The situation can not be tolerated. "There will be a civil war, bloodbath in the country", Banerjee was quoted by NDTV.

The country's Supreme Court which has been supervising the registration, had initially set June 30 as the deadline to publish the draft list. Congress leader P Chidambaram has said the same.

Party leaders said they would go across the country to raise the issue.

The first draft of the ongoing NRC process was released at the midnight of December 31, 2017. I firmly believe NRC Assam is for the security of the country.

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"We have to stage a protest together irrespective of our political colour".

Ali said, "My entire family is in the NRC now but my father's name is not there". He claimed that several well-known people have expressed their wish to visit Assam in this connection.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day following an uproar by the Opposition, especially the Trinamool Congress and the Samajwadi Party, following publication of the list.

The state units of the CPI (M) and Congress, too, condemned this exclusion both in and out of the state assembly.

Days after defeating the no-confidence motion in the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, the ruling BJP on Tuesday held a Parliamentary party meeting at Parliament House in New Delhi.

On Monday, Mannan and Chakraborty had demanded that a motion be brought in the Assembly to discuss the issue.

The final draft included only 28.9 million applicants, out of the state's population of 32.9 million.

According to The Hindustan Times, "People, whose names have not appeared in the complete list, could end up in detention centres, might get pushed back, become stateless, get long-term work permits without land and political rights".

Following an outcry from rights groups over possible harassment of Muslims in Assam, Interior Minister Rajnath Singh said that the NRC exercise was being carried out in an impartial and transparent manner.


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