Issued by the Joint Forum Against NRC, Kolkata
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Rattled by the upsurge in popular protests across the country against the passage of the Unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 in parliament, Prime Minister Modi has accused the anti-NRC and anti-CAA protesters and the opposition parties of spreading “rumours and lies”. The assertions made by Mr. Modi in Ramlila Maidan (December 22, 2019), however, are brazen falsehoods which must be exposed and rebutted in public interest.
Modi says: “NRC in Assam was initiated only because of the Supreme Court Order. No discussion on nationwide NRC has been held within the Government and the matter has never been brought to the Parliament.”
Rebuttal: The BJP Manifesto for the 2019 LS elections states under the section Combating Infiltration (p.11):
There has been a huge change in the cultural and linguistic identity of some areas due to illegal immigration, resulting in an adverse impact on local people’s livelihood and employment. We will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process in these areas on priority. In future we will implement the NRC in a phased manner in other parts of the country. (Emphasis Added)