Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reportedly called NRC a very important step for national security. (File Photo)
After Manohar Lal Khattar backing for NRC is Haryana, Yogi Adityanath has come out in support of similar exercise in Uttar Pradesh. Adityanath is one of the prominent voices in the BJP that have called for NRC in their respective states. So far, Assam is the only state in the country that have implemented the National Register of Citizens. The Final List of the Supreme Court-monitored exercise was published online on September 14. Chief Minister Adityanath reportedly hailed the NRC scheme as a ‘brave’ measure.
It should be noted that Assam is constructing India’s first camp for illegal immigrants in Goalpara. Apart from Khattar and Adityanath, there have been several other BJP leaders who have backed NRC across Indian states. On August 31st, the day final NRC list came out, Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari had said that NRC is required in the National Capital.
In an interview to the Indian Express, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that when the needs comes, he will implement NRC in the state in phase-wise manner. He reportedly called NRC a very important step for national security.
On August 31st, Assam’s final NRC list was published by the authorities. As many as 1.9 lakh citizens were stripped of the citizenship. On the other hand, over 3 crore citizens are part of the final list. The Supreme Court-monitored NRC update exercise published first draft in July last year. The final list can be termed as the supplementary list of the draft published in July last year. The 2019 list will contain the exact status of the people left out in the 2018 draft.
While Opposition has been saying that Modi govt is extending its ‘Hindu agenda’ via NRC, the Centre has lamented that it is merely abiding by the directions of the Supreme Court. Amid growing clamour, India has repeatedly assured nations on world stage that the NRC exercise is very ‘transparent’. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam is a statutory, transparent, non-discriminatory legal process mandated and being monitored by the Supreme Court, India said at the UNHRC being held at the Switzerland city of Geneva.