Govt, oppn clash over NRC inside and outside House

NEW DELHI: Political temperatures proceed to leap over the National Register of Citizens with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee claiming the roster will impact ties with Bangladesh, BJP chief Amit Shah making plans a rally in Kolkata and Union minister Arun Jaitley accusing the opposition of catering to "imported vote banks".

The stand-off in the Rajya Sabha over Amit Shah's connection with Rajiv Gandhi and his role in the Assam Accord was repeated on Wednesday when the opposition, led via Congress, refused to permit him to conclude his speech. Chairman Venkaiah Naidu stated the opposition should make it clear whether the controversy would continue before he allowed any intervention.

Trinamool MPs then entered the well of the House and shouted slogans that ended in court cases being adjourned for the day.

Venkaiah Naidu reprimanded the opposition announcing that seeing contributors "menacingly" hurricane the well on Monday had upset him and left him fearful. He stated the ongoing disruption of court cases was "unacceptable".

Congress objected to Shah's comments on Tuesday when he had stated, "NRC is the soul of the Assam Accord which the then PM Rajiv Gandhi had signed...Congress started the NRC process in 2005 but lacked the courage to throw out illegal Bangladeshi immigrants because vote-bank was important for you, not national security and rights of citizens."

On Wednesday, Congress chief Anand Sharma sought the elimination of the remarks as they had been an "insult" to all PMs since Rajiv Gandhi.

While BJP later stated the obstruction of its chief was undemocratic behaviour and upped the ante over a rally subsequent week in Kolkata, permission for which was granted, because the birthday party made the NRC synonymous with its political programme of looking for deportation of unlawful migrants from Bangladesh. "Leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee must realise that India's sovereignty is not a play thing. Sovereignty and citizenship are the soul of India. Imported vote banks are not," stated Jaitley in his blog.

Banerjee, who is in Delhi to fulfill opposition leaders, stated just a miniscule of individuals who don't seem to be at the draft NRC had been outsiders. She stated it was unfair to treat Bangladesh as a terrorist state. Her emphasis clearly underlined a bid to accuse BJP of playing "communal" politics and criticising the NRC as an workout that disadvantages Muslims essentially the most. Though BJP laid stress at the NRC being an issue of national security, its political messaging was that the opposition is catering to vote banks.

Naidu asked, “Are we on the mercy of 1 birthday party? Why have TMC folks (from Assam) not spoken (when) a possibility got here on your birthday party. Your birthday party should have first given the chance to Assam contributors. This is not applicable.”

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