New Delhi , Aug 3 : Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said in Parliament that attempts are being made to destroy peace over the publication of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC). He also indicated that the TMC delegation that went to Silchar in Assam had roughed up the security personnel.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, the home minister said the whole procedure of NRC was undertaken under supervision of the Supreme Court.
“I would like to reiterate that it is a draft and not final list. Everyone will get chance to appeal,” he said.
Rajnath Singh said the NRC is a totally fair process. Unwarranted accusations are unfortunate, he said.
He reminded that the NRC is being prepared under the Supreme Court’s supervision. “There has been no discrimination and there will not be any,” he assured the members of the Rajya Sabha.
Rajnath Singh said a sense of fear was being spread unnecessarily.
Rajnath Singh said the whole procedure has been fair. “The allegations of discrimination are wrong,” he said.
He sought everyone’s support saying the issue pertained to national security.
Rajnath Singh assured the house that no genuine Indian’s name would be left out of the NRC list.
He was responding to requests from TMC MPs including Derek O Brien to give a statement on NRC.
Rajnath Singh also gave a statement in the Lok Sabha on the ruckus at the Silchar airport in Assam when a TMC delegation had gone to take stock of the situation yesterday.
He said the TMC representatives were arrested under section 151 of the CrPC.
Giving details of the incident, he said there were media and intelligence inputs about threats of law and order getting disturbed. He said the local administration was bent upon maintaining law and order.
Rajnath Singh said when the TMC delegation, including parliamentarians, arrived at the airport, the district commissioner (DC) followed all protocols and was thoroughly polite with them. He informed them about prohibitory orders that section 144 of IPC was in force in the town and it would not be proper for them to venture out of the airport.
“With folded hands, the DC requested the delegation members not to go out but they did not listen,” he said.
Rajnath Singh said there were some reports about manhandling of police personnel having taken place in which some injuries were also reported.
The delegation members argued with the officials. The passengers also complained about the ruckus, he said.
Rajnath Singh was responding to some members raising the issue in the Lok Sabha during ‘Matters of urgent public importance’.
Kalyan Banerjee of the TMC blamed the security personnel for the scuffle and alleged that it showed the government’s desperation.
Bijoya Chakravarty of the BJP condemned the TMC delegation’s behaviour and said they should not have gone as section 144 was in force. She also charged the delegation members with manhandling the security personnel.
Without taking the name of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, she condemned her statement that NRC draft could lead to civil war and bloodshed. Bijoya Chakravarty demanded Mamata Banerjee’s arrest and said, “Nothing could be more condemnable.”
She said attempts are being made to destroy peace of Assam. “The state is peaceful at the moment. Why did they go there? To create disturbance?” she said.
Gourav Gogoi of the Congress said all sections are displaying patience.
He claimed that 90 per cent of the work for preparation of NRC draft was accomplished by the Congress. However, the discrepancies crept in later, he added.
Naba Kumar Sarania, Independent MP from Kokrajhar, said the issue should be resolved amicably.