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Amit Shah said NRC to apply nationwide, no person of any religion should worry

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New Delhi, 20 Nov : The National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented nationwide, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, asserting that no person from any religion need to be afraid of it.

“The NRC exercise is monitored by the Supreme Court. No religion has been targeted or isolated during the NRC exercise,” said Shah responding to a query of Congress leader Syed Nasir Hussain. The MP asked whether the NRC provides citizenship to immigrants of six non-Muslim faiths.

Shah said NRC and The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, which lapsed on June 3, 2019, are two different issues and both should not be seen through one prism. Shah said people whose names are missing from the NRC can approach tribunals formed at the tehsil level. The Assam government will provide financial help to those who don’t have the money to file pleas, he said. Shah said the government would bear the cost of hiring a lawyer.

The updated final NRC, which validates genuine Indian citizens, has left out over 19 lakh applicants in Assam. Most of these are people who have not produced required documents to prove their claims and have the option of appealing to Foreigners’ Tribunals and subsequently approach the courts.

In Assam, the NRC aims to identify illegal immigrants who entered the state and settled after March 25, 1971.

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Our doors are open for Pilot and his MLAs, says Surjewala

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Jaipur, 13 July : Senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala on Monday said that the party has kept its doors open for Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and his MLAs.

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How Vikas Dubey scripted his Bollywood-style arrest

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Lucknow/Ujjain, 9 July : Uttar Pradesh’s dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey, who has had a thing for Bollywood, on Thursday surrendered over a thousand kilometres away from what could be his swan song of a criminal life in the Mahakaal temple premises of Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain as he announced in Sanjay Dutt’s “Khalnayak” style: “Mein huin Vikas Dubey, Kanpurwala”.

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Why has status quo ante not been insisted on, asks Rahul

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New Delhi, July 7 : Amid reports of Chinese troops withdrawal from the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has raised a set of questions, saying when the national interest is “paramount”, government’s duty is to protect it, and why the status quo ante is not being insisted on?

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