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What about the rights of Indians, Amit Shah asks Opposition over Assam citizenship list

The updated draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens left out the names of 40 lakh people when an updated version was published on Monday.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2018 17:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Amit Shah,Assam citizenship list,Opposition
BJP president Amit Shah speaks in the Rajya Sabha about Assam’s Nation Register of Citizens.(PTI)

BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday accused Opposition parties of “votebank politics” over Assam’s citizenship list, asking them to clear their view on illegal immigrants.

“If you talk about human rights, what about the rights of people of Assam? Their rights of education, jobs were being taken away,” Shah said at a press conference in Delhi where he spoke about the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC).

“This step (NRC) has been taken for protecting the rights of the people of India.”

“We want (Congress president) Rahul Gandhi to clear his stand on illegal immigrants. When in power, they delay the matter and when in opposition, they oppose it. Vote bank politics should not be above national interest,” he said, following up on his Rajya Sabha speech about the issue.

“Don’t genuine citizens of this country have human rights? NRC is for security of this country. Opposition should clear stand on Bangladeshi infiltrators,” he said, accusing West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee of vote bank politics.

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 16:53 IST