Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked people not to panic and said the state government will take all possible steps to help genuine Indians prove their citizenship and provide legal assistance. The CM’s plea comes a day ahead of the publication of final NRC on August 31.
Sonowal also said exclusion of anyone’s name from the final list of the National Register of Citizens to be published on Saturday, does not mean that he or she has become a foreigner as such a decision can be taken only by a Foreigners Tribunal after following proper legal process.
“No one should be worried. No one should panic. Government is here to take care of everyone. Even those who will be excluded from final list will get enough opportunity to prove their Indian citizenship,” he told PTI in an interview. When the draft NRC was published on July 30 last year, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it