File photo: The Supreme Court of India. Photograph:( Reuters )
The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre and others on a plea seeking an Assam-style NRC in Tripura.
Assam released the second and final draft of its NRC on July 30. The Supreme Court-mandated National Register of Citizens, which aims to decide who is a citizen of Assam, and therefore of India, has left 40 lakh people off its roles.
It is unclear what will finally happen to these 40 lakh people. Commentators have said they might end up like the Rohingya — a stateless people.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said on July 30 that none of the 40 lakh people are going to be deported. He added that they would also have full recourse to the law. That is, the 40 lakh people are going to be allowed to appeal their exclusion from the NRC.
BJP president Amit Shah however has on more than once occassion said all Bangladeshi "infiltrators" will be tracked down and deported. He has also compared Bangladesh immigrants in India to "termites" saying they are a drain on the state's resources.
Bangladesh has said the comments were "unwanted".
On Sunday, news reports quoted Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb as saying the state would go in for an NRC-like exercise if it turned out to be successful in Assam.