Guwahati : Rajya Sabha MP from Assam and Bodo People’s Front (BPF) politician Biswajit Daimary urged the tribal people residing in Assam communities to be patient if their names have not been included in the final NRC draft published yesterday. Speaking about the indigenous people who have been left out due to faults in the NRC, he said that if an indigenous Assamese or tribal’s name is excluded, even if they haven’t applied for claims, there is nothing to fear as “they can apply properly later.”
Meanwhile, Social Welfare Minister of Assam, Pramila Rani Brahma has appealed to all the ‘illegal immigrants’ to leave Assam. She has made this request to the ‘foreigners’ on behalf of all the indigenous Assamese people. On the other hand, genuine Indian Citizens who didn’t find their names in the list are resentful and raising questions about their present status. Manju Devi, the granddaughter of the great Gorkha freedom fighter Chabilal Upadhyay finds herself a stranger in her own land after her name was excluded from the final NRC. “I honestly feel harassed. This entire episode has exhausted me emotionally and I am tired of answering these questions. Are we Bangladeshis?” she lamented.
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Three Army jawans serving the Indian armed forces and their families are also excluded from the final NRC. Shahidul Islam, Dilbar Hussain and Mijanur Ali are three brothers serving the armed forces. Sahidul is a subedar posted at Binnaguri in Jalpaiguri, Dilbar is sepoy of the Indian Army posted in Lucknow, and Mizanur is a CISF constable working in Chennai. Their names had been included in the first draft, but after the claims procedures were dropped from the list.