‘Those Left-Out Of Assam NRC Can Vote If Names On Voter’s List’

NEW DELHI — With political parties disrupting parliament and Op­position blaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government in the Centre over the fiasco sur­rounding the Assam National Register of Citizen or NRC draft list, the Chief Election Commis­sioner of India today assured that those left out of it “need not wor­ry” for now.

Talking to NDTV, Chief Elec­tion Commissioner OP Rawat said people who have been left out can vote if their name is on the electoral rolls.

The new list NRC excluded 4 million people from Assam in a drive against illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The ruling BJP has been accused of targeting these people for “vote bank politics”.

“Those left out of the Assam citizen’s list can vote if their names are in the voter’s list. The Election Commission will pub­lish a voter list in January and will not wait for the final NRC,” CEC OP Rawat told NDTV.

Political blame games have begun soon after the list was re­leased on Monday. With the As­sam NRC draft list, opposition has got more teeth to hit out at the Centre ahead of a number of state polls and 2019 general elections.

Condemning the statement of the West Bengal Chief Minis­ter, Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora said Mamata Banerjee as the CM should not provoke for a civil war. “It will have no im­pact on Assam as it is absolutely peaceful there,” Bora added.

Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Ma­mata Banerjee on Tuesday warned against “civil war and bloodbath” surrounding the draft list.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also condemned Mamata Baner­jee’s statement and said, “It is the duty of the CM to maintain law and order in the state and not in­cite violence. Her remark on civil war is condemnable.”

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