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Kolkata: Breaking its silence on the controversy surrounding the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the CPI-M Polit Bureau has demanded that deadline for submitting claims for inclusion in the NRC must be extended.

The reaction and demand come after two days since the final draft of the NRC in Assam was published on 30 July and around 40-lakh people did not find a place in it.

Polit Bureau, which is the highest decision-making body in the CPI-M, in a statement today said that there has been “a lot of anomalies in the preparation of the draft” which has triggered “apprehension and anxiety” in the people whose names have been excluded.

“The utterance of the BJP President claiming that all 40 lakhs of people excluded in this draft NRC are `illegal migrants’ is causing widespread apprehension,” the statement reads. “All efforts that undermine the unity and integrity of our country and our people should be foiled.”

Unlike the sharp reactions of the CPI-M leaders in Bengal over the exclusion of 40-lakh odd people, most of whom are Bengalis, the Polit Bureau statement indicates that at the national level party is still posing faith in the NRC process.

FULL TEXT OF THE CPI-M POLIT BUREAU STATEMENT:

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) was part of the Assam Accord which decided on the cut-off date of 1971 to determine the question of illegal migrants settled in Assam.  The work for preparing such a register did not proceed until the Supreme Court intervened and under its directions and supervision, the draft NRC has been prepared.

It has been noticed that there are a lot of anomalies in the preparation of the draft.  A large number of women have been left out despite the fact that the Supreme Court declared the panchayat certificate as a valid document. Many others complained of being left out due to improper field verification. In some cases, ration cards, as support document, have been reportedly rejected.  Strangely, in a single family, some members are included while others are excluded.  Consequently, there is apprehension and anxiety amongst the 40 lakh names that did not figure in the draft NRC.

All the complaints regarding non-inclusion must be thoroughly and seriously examined and corrected.  The time limit for claims on inclusion of names must be extended to allow people to file their complaints. Only then the final NRC should be published.  No Indian should be excluded.

The utterance of the BJP President claiming that all 40 lakhs of people excluded in this draft NRC are `illegal migrants’ is causing widespread apprehension.

The Polit Bureau of the CPI (M) appeals to the people to maintain peace and tranquillity.  All efforts that undermine the unity and integrity of our country and our people should be foiled.

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