New Delhi Correspondent
The Indian government made it clear on Friday that it has not taken any decision to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Tripura, after a similar exercise was carried out in Assam to identify illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
The Indian Home Ministry said in a statement here that a delegation of the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), led by its president Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl, met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday but no assurance had been given to the team regarding implementation of NRC in the state.
“The Home Minister met a delegation of INPT led by its president Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl on October 4. However, no assurance of any kind was given by the Home Minister regarding the implementation of NRC in Tripura. It is categorically asserted that no decision has been taken on the issue of NRC in Tripura,” the statement said.
The Ministry also said news reports, appearing after the meeting, about likely implementation of NRC in Tripura “are absolutely incorrect and mischievous”.
The final draft NRC in Assam, published on July 30, has left out 4.7 million people many of whom are now busy filing documents-backed claims to be included in the list of Indian citizens.