Guwahati: Hinting at the demographic status of Tripura, Himanta Biswa Sarma, the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) chairman and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said that there is no need for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the north-eastern state.
Addressing a press meet in Agartala, The BJP leader made the statement in the presence of the office-bearers of the state BJP. Sarma said, “Going by the demography of Tripura, I don’t think there is any requirement. Assam’s demography has changed. The NRC revision was done in Assam as per the Assam Accord. But in Tripura, there is no accord, no cut-off date, neither any way to generate any legacy document.”
Sarma further said that the NRC process in Assam is not yet over because the final NRC is not released yet. However, after the completion of the NRC process, other states can definitely follow the footsteps of Assam to get the National Register of Citizens of their respective states.
In this context, it has to be mentioned here that seeing Assam successfully releasing its final draft of the NRC, other states of the country are showing a keen interest in getting their states’ NRCs done. The nameable ones among others are Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. In Tripura too, different political parties, including BJP’s ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) and the National Conference of Tripura (NCT) are demanding an NRC exercise in the state. The IPFT has even said that they will bring out a massive rally at Khumulwng, headquarters of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), on August 23 demanding the implementation of NRC in the state.
In Assam too, the process of implementing the NRC was not an easy journey with years of protests and demands being raised by several indigenous groups and associations. The second and final draft released on July 30 shows the rejection of 4,007,707 people from being incorporated into the list. Out of a total 3,29,91,384 applicants, 2,89,83,677 persons have found their names in the list. As an opportunity to make claims and objections, applicants are asked to make applications from August 10 onwards.