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Parliament monsoon session highlights: Congress didn’t have courage to implement Assam Accord, says Amit Shah on NRC

The issue of the National Register of Citizens in Assam is likely to be taken up in the Parliament on Monday. Here are the live updates:

By HT Correspondent | Jul 31, 2018 20:17 IST

The issue of publication of the National Register of Citizens in Assam was taken up in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday with Amit Shah asserting that Congress didn’t have the courage to implement the Assam Accord which he claimed was the ‘soul’ of the citizenship register.

On Monday, Rajya Sabha witnessing pandemonium over the issue leading to several adjournments while in Lok Sabha, home minister Rajnath Singha sserted the Centre has no role in the preparation of the draft list and it was done on the directives of the Supreme Court.

Here are the live updates

3:00 pm IST

Venkaiah Naidu meets Ghulam Nabi Azad after RS adjournment over NRC

After Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day, chairman M Venkaiah Naidu called Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad to his chamber and ‘conveyed his unhappiness over the way a good discussion on NRC in Assam was derailed towards the end, reports ANI.

1:01pm IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

Rajya Sabha is adjourned till Wednesday following ruckus by opposition members.

12:56pm IST

Rajya Sabha members protest in the well

Several Rajya Sabha members rush to the Well in protest during Amit Shah’s remarks.

12:53pm IST

Amit Shah says soul of Assam Accord was NRC

There should be a discussion why NRC came.. There was a big agitation and loads of Assamese youth died in it. In August 1985, Rajiv Gandhi signed the Assam Accord and declared it on Independence Day from the Red Fort... The soul of Assam Accord was NRC: Amit Shah

In the Accord, it was said that illegal immigrants will be identified and separated them from our citizen register and a correct list be made... They did not have the courage to implement it, we did: Amit Shah

“How many among the 40 lakhs are Bangladeshi immigrants? Whom do you want to save? You want to save Bangladeshi immigrants?” asks Amit Shah in Rajysa Sabha

12:51pm IST

NRC was outcome of a sustained agitation: Swapan Dasgupta

NRC didn’t come out of thin air, it was outcome of a sustained agitation... Let us not be in denial that there is a real problem in Assam: Swapan Dasgupta

12:42pm IST

NRC has potential to impact relations with Bangladesh: D Raja

It has a potential to impact relations with Bangladesh, disrupt harmony among states. Govt should see no genuine citizen be omitted from the national registrar: D Raja

12:38pm IST

AAP lawmaker says if NRC formula is implement, it will trigger fights between states

If this formula is implemented, it will trigger fight between states. Govt is trying to make citizens as refugees in the own country: AAP lawmaker Sanjay Singh

12:28pm IST

Rajya Sabha discusses Assam NRC draft

Genuine Indians should not be sent out of the country. NRC should not be politicised and used as vote bank. It is a human rights issue, not a Hindu-Muslim issue: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress MP in Rajya Sabha

NCP lawmaker Majeed Memon says it is not a religious issue, it’s a human issue.

12:22pm IST

Gaurav Gogoi speaks on Assam NRC draft

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi says, “Yesterday home minister said the 40 lakh people whose names have not come up in the list shouldn’t be scared...This means the government knows that some of them are Indian citizens”.

Govt approach has been casual... it didn’t take responsible and said it’s been directed by Supreme Court: Gogoi.

12:13pm IST

Lok Sabha speaker refuses to take up Assam NRC issue

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan says the NRC issue was discussed yesterday and refuses to take up the matter today.

11:26am IST

Jammu MP asks when will Rohingyas be deported

Jammu MP Jugal Kishore Sharma claims there are nearly 18,000-20,000 Rohingyas in the state and asks when they will be deported from the state.

11:20am IST

Rohingyas are not refugees but illegal migrants in India.: Rijuju

MoS Home Kiren Rijiju says the government has made it clear that Rohingyas do not have the status of “refugee” but are “illegal migrants” in India.

Millions of refugees in India...We need a system that protects the country first, says MoS Home Kiren Rijiju in reply to Sugata Bose’s question on Rohingyas.

This is an unfortunate statement by him (TMC’s Sugata Bose). India is probably only country which has adopted such a soft approach to refugees. We also told Myanmar that we are ready to assist them in providing facilities to Rohingyas when they return:Kiren Rijiju.

11:18am IST

Will we show ‘insaniyat’ for Rohingyas only in Bangladesh: Sugata Bose

11:15am IST

Rajnath Singh says border security has been sensitised about Rohingyas

Security in border areas have been sensitised to ensure Rohingyas don’t enter, says Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha

He says after getting details about Rohingyas from state government, external affairs ministry will take up the matter with Myanmar and discuss about deporting them.

11:11am IST

TMC, AAP, Samajwadi Party MPs stage protest over Assam NRC

11:08am IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned

Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon after TMC uproar over non-inclusion of over 40 lakh people in Assam National Register of Citizens.

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said that home minister Rajnath Singh would give a statement on the issue in the upper House.

11:06am IST

No Rohingya will be getting any legal document: Rijiju

MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju says no Rohingya will be getting any legal document to show they are Indians. If there is evidence, we’ll investigate, he said.

11:05am IST

Shiv Sena MP raises issue of Rohingyas in India

Shiv Sena lawmaker Arvind Ganpat Sawant raises the issue of Rohingya Muslims in India in Lok Sabha.

11:00am IST

Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha proceedings begin

Proceedings in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha begin.

10:34am IST

TMC MPs stage protest over NRC Assam issue

Trinamool Congerss MPs stage protest in front of Gandhi statue in Parliament over NRC Assam issue.

10:30am IST

TDP MPs continue protest outside Parliament

TDP MPs continue their protest in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

10:20am IST

Congress gives adjournment motion notice

Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury gives an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over draft of Assam NRC list.

10:10am IST

BJP parliamentary party meeting underway