Assam's NRC issue, leads to clamor in RS


NC Network, New Delhi



The Opposition TMC today forced adjournment of proceedings in the Rajya Sabha till noon over the issue of non-inclusion of over 40 lakh people in Assam's National Register of Citizens.

Amid the uproar, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu told members that Home Minister Rajnath Singh will come to the House after attending to his duties in the Lok Sabha and reply to the "sensitive and serious matter".

TMC leader Derek O'Brien wanted his notice under Rule 267, which calls for setting aside of the day's business to take up issue pressed, to be taken up.

TMC members, who had yesterday too led the protests that saw Rajya Sabha proceedings being adjourned without transacting any business, vociferously protested from the aisles.

As other members joined in, Naidu adjourned proceedings till noon 

Before doing so Naidu pointed out that the home minister had on his request come to the House yesterday but could not make a statement.

Maintaining that the issue at hand had a historical background as it was rooted in the Assam Accord, he said today he has asked the home minister to be come to the House.

The home minister, he said, has agreed to do so once he finishes replying to questions in the Lok Sabha.

Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad asked if members would be given an opportunity to seek clarification after the home minister makes his statement.

Naidu replied in the affirmative.

Out of the 3.29 crore applicants, 2.89 crore have been found eligible for inclusion in the complete draft of NRC, that was released in Guwahati yesterday. This meant that the names of 40.07 lakh have been left out.

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The non-inclusion of about 40 Lakh people in Assam National Register of Citizens issue made Trinmool Congress (TMC), the opposition party to forcefully adjourned the proceedings till noon.



During this clutter, the chairman of Rajya Sabha M.Venkaiya Naidu told the members that the Home Minister Rajnath Singh will come to the house after his duty in the Lok Sabha and answer to this 'sensitive and serious matter'. 



Leader of the TMC Derek O'Brien wanted his notice to be under Rule 267, to focus just on this particular issue and all the other  issues to be kept aside for the day.



On Monday also, TMC members protested and the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha were adjourned without transacting any business, they screamingly protested from the corridor.



As the protest was also joined by other members, the proceedings were adjourned till noon by Naidu.  
Before adjourning the house, Naidu said that on his request Home Minister had come on Monday but could not make any statement. 



Further he said that the issue had a historical background as it was rooted in the Assam Accord, and today he has asked the home minister to come to the house.



The home minister has agreed to come to the house after he finishes replying to the questions in Lok Sabha.



Leader of the opposition and senior congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad inquired if members will get an opportunity to seek clarification after the home minister makes his statement.
Naidu replied in the confirmatory.


Out of the 3.29 crore applicants, only 2.89 crore have been found eligible for inclusion in the complete draft of NRC, which was released in Guwahati on Monday. This meant that the names of 40.07 Lakh people have been left out.

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