Will put forth stand on Assam citizenship bill after NRC update, says CM Sonowal

Guwahati: While speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Assam chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the government would put forth its stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 only after National Register of Citizens’ (NRC) update is completed. Sonowal further said that the Assam government would not go against citizens of the state.

The NRC identifies illegal immigrants in the state and was first prepared in 1951. It is now being “updated to include the names of those people (and their descendants) who appear in the 1951 NRC or in any of the Electoral Rolls, says a The Indian Express report.

People in Assam have been protesting over the Amendment Bill that gives Indian Citizenship to non-Muslim illegal migrants. On the other hand, Sonowal had on on Wednesday said that his government has been cracking down corruption, apart from preventing the inflow of illegal immigrants in the state.