No demand for citizen's register in Tripura: CM

By PTI Published on Jul 31, 2018 04:44 PM IST

Biplab Kumar Deb

Nagpur: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said today everyone in the state had valid papers, and there was no demand for a citizen's register on the lines of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

He also expressed confidence that his counterpart in Assam would be able to handle the situation after the final draft was published.

Around 40.07 lakh applicants did not find a place in the historic document, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity. Deb, who visited Nagpur today to meet Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, said there was no demand for the NRC in Tripura.

"Everything is in order in Tripura and everyone has valid papers. Hence, it is not an issue for us," the BJP leader told reporters here. "I don't feel it is even a sensitive issue in Assam, and its chief minister is capable of handling the situation," he said to a query.

Some people in politics having "foreign mindset" were trying to vitiate the atmosphere, Deb alleged. The NRC contains names of Indian citizens of Assam. The Congress had yesterday questioned the non-inclusion of over 40 lakh people in the final draft of the NRC, alleging that it was a "motivated" action under the BJP that was trying to play "politics of polarisation."

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also expressed concern over the exclusion of over 40 lakh people in the final NRC draft, saying those "Indian citizens have become refugees in their own land."

Meanwhile, Deb met Bhagwat for about an hour at the RSS headquarters here. Asked about his visit to the RSS headquarters, he said, "Every swayamsevak has the admiration and curiosity for Nagpur, and I have come to seek blessings of the Sarsanghchalak." Earlier in the day, Deb visited the memorial of RSS founder K B Hedgewar and paid tributes.