Amit Shah, the Union Home affairs minister today hinted that after Assam, the government is planning to remove all the illegal immigrants across the country. In the wake of contentious NRC list in Assam, which has left out 19 lakh people, Amit Shah on Sunday said that the centre will throw “every single illegal immigrant” out of the country.
Mr. Shah said today, “Assam thinks NRC was wrong, smaller states felt there would be a spill over. Let me assure, not only Assam, we want the entire country to be cleansed of illegal migrants. We already have a plan ready. We will bring all states into confidence.”
The final list of NRC was released last month, since then, a section of BJP leaders in the state had expressed disappointment at the exclusion of a chunk of Bengali Hindus — who constitute 18 per cent of Assam’s population and a majority of the party’s vote bank.
The Union Cabinet minister today stated the NRC was “a problem” .He said, “A lot of people think many people were left out of NRC. We want to assure that no illegal migrants will be able to stay in Assam and go to another state. We want the country to be rid of illegal migrants.”
He further assured, states like Meghalaya that have expressed concern about illegal migrants from Assam settling in their state.
Mr. Shah at a North Eastern Council meeting in Guwahati yesterday, said, “I want to clearly say that not a single illegal migrant will be allowed to stay in the country by the Government of India. That is our commitment”.
Following the various discussions over the abrogation of Article 371, he assured that the Centre had “no plan to abrogate the Article 371” of the constitution, which gives north-east its special status.
He said, today, “Let me clarify this. (Articles) 370 and 371 has no relation. The citizenship bill will not hurt (Article) 371, the government of India will ensure it. We will ensure it does not infringe our tribal laws,” referring to the government’s plan to bring a bill that will grant Indian citizenship to members of six minority communities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan even if they do not have valid documents.