Bhartiya Janata Party led NDA (National Democratic Alliance) won the most seats in Lok Sabha elections 2019 to register another historic victory and coming up to the center power twice with a thumping majority in the lower-house of the Parliament. One of Its recent yet fundamental issues of national level is National Register of Citizens (NRC). This issue has now turned up into a heating debatable topic from the local streets of Assam, where it had its roots to the ongoing winter session of the Indian Parliament.
For those who still do not know the political background of highly sensitive issue of NRC (National Register of Citizens), one has to understand the simple meaning of its purpose. NRC is the citizenship register which was made specifically for the Assam state. It was done to mark up the legal citizens of India who were already living here or came from Bangladesh up to midnight 24 March,1971 (When It was formed) and would be ultimately lead to specify the illegal immigrants. Even after that the Assam agitation mass movement continued due to the continuous illegal immigration from far side of Bangladeshi border.
NRC was originally Congress’s idea since it was first made according to the 1951 census, although not been updated after it. As the six-year long Assam agitation mass movement led by All Assam Students Union and Assam Gana Sangram Parishad continued and led to the alarming situation of violence, distress and bloodshed, the then Rajiv Gandhi led Congress government came up with its brainchild in the shape of a memorandum of settlement (MoS) which would stop the movement and accept their rightful demands of identification and deportation of illegal immigrants from the state of Assam.
The issue remained in the frozen keeps unless it was again resurfaced on the political stage with the long demanded updation in the Assam NRC getting started. This time it was the apex court of India – The Supreme Court passing an important judgement for the NRC updation process to start up.
After the first NRC list came out on 31st August around 10 am the state legislators to top level intellectuals of state and the nation started criticizing its purpose to methodology which led to the missing of even the common people who are purely the natives of the state. Probably the most high level and tensed citizen oriented exercise at the global level, the NRC was sure to face problems and that is why the apex court which is monitoring the whole intervened and said for the correction in the process and currently it is ongoing under its jurisdiction.
On 20th November that is yesterday, Union Home Minister and BJP Chief Amit Shah openly and clearly stated in the parliament that the NRC is a nationwide implementation issue and would be carried out thoroughly in every state and the deadline is probably by the end of 2022 as he mentioned in an interview given to a prominent TV channel.
While the BJP said that no one from other religion i.e. the minority community should worry about it. The originator and the idea makers of the NRC, the Congress Party is ultimately now taking up a reversed stance being in the opposition and demanding the safeguard of the minorities while in back the BJP is terming the Indian National Congress to be pro-minority cum Anti-India party.
Whatever the political discourse may go off and on. The main case is in the Supreme Court right now and It has to be justified that after section 370 issue the BJP has find another issue to fulfill its hyper-nationalistic agenda in the form of NRC where the originator Congress party is now at the backfoot. BJP seems to fully looted Congress’s idea of NRC as the election draws nearer day by day, the saffron champion party is looking for another big electoral victory through its “Rashrtravaad” and “Assam-Asmita”.