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    NRC Due On Aug 31 Cannot Be Final: Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha

    The ASM has been demanding that 1951 be set as the base year for determining citizenship

    The Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha (ASM), an umbrella body of several indigenous ethnic organizations, said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) which will be published on August 31st, 2019 cannot be considered the final citizens’ register.

    The ASM has challenged the constitutional validity of March 25, 1971, as the base year for identifying foreigners. The ASM has been demanding that 1951 be set as the base year for determining citizenship. 

    Addressing a press meet here, ASM working President Motiur Rahman said, “The petition regarding the base year of citizenship was sent to the constitution bench and is still pending.”

    “We appealed the bench to hear our petition before the publication of the NRC. Until the bench gives its verdict on our petitions, the NRC that will be released on August 31st, 2019 cannot be the final one. Our petitions are currently pending with the constitution bench,” he added.

    Rahman said, “The base year of 1971 will not protect the rights of indigenous people because many immigrants from erstwhile East Pakistan and later Bangladesh have entered Assam since 1951,” he added.

    The Supreme Court has ordered that the list of those excluded from the final Assam NRC be published only online on August 31st, 2019. The time limit of filing of appeals for the people of Assam excluded from the NRC in the Foreigners’ Tribunals has been increased from 60 days to 120 days. 

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