Opposition to stall RS till PM Modi speaks on NRC issue

After the Rajya Sabha was stalled over the exclusion of nearly 40 lakh people from the final draft of the National Register for Citizens (NRC) in Assam on Monday, the opposition parties planned to make efforts to elicit a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.

According to sources, all major opposition parties have in-principle agreed to stall the house till the Prime Minister come to the House and speak on the NRC issue.

“Yes, most of the opposition parties have agreed to demand Prime Minister’s reply on the issue. It is not a political issue, but a humanitarian issue. Around 40 lakh people are affected due to this. So Home Minister’s reply cannot resolve this issue”, said senior a Congress leader.

On Monday afternoon, the Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day after repeated adjournments due to uproar by the opposition parties, mainly the Trinamool Congress, the Congress and the Samajwadi Party, over the NRC issue.

With the Trinamool Congress raising the issue in Rajya Sabha led to repeated adjournments. According to sources, the Mamata Banerjee-led party also took the initiative to unite the opposition to demand Prime Minister’s reply on this issue.

Considering the magnitude of the issue, the opposition will try to corner the government on NRC issue, which may stall the Upper House in the coming days.
The Monsoon session of the Parliament began on July 18 and will sine die on August 10.

Earlier in the day, the Congress party demanded that the Prime Minister should call an all party meeting on the issue. ’’40 lakh people have been excluded from the draft of the NRC in Assam. Many of the indigenous people, including people living in tea plantations, have been affected in large numbers” said AICC senior spokesperson Anand Sharma and added that ‘’the Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement on the issue in the Lok Sabha was unsatisfactory and raises many questions”.

‘Mr Rajnath Singh had stated in the Lok Sabha that entire NRC procedure was being undertaken in compliance to the orders of the Supreme Court and added that unnecessary controversy was created out of the issue.

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