Published on Jul 31, 2018
The citizenship drive in Assam is fast becoming a national crisis. Parliament came to a standstill on July 31st, as the Opposition parties dared the govt to drive out the 40 lakh odd people, who failed to make it to the NRC list. Leading the BJP’s counter-attack, party president Amit Shah hit out at the Opposition for playing vote bank politics. He said only those who are opposing the NRC are in fact batting for illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Supreme Court, on the other hand, has pulled up the state administration for doing a shoddy job while preparing the list. There are also fears that the citizenship drive will deepen the divide along religious and linguistic lines. With Amit Shah proclaiming that West Bengal will be the next, the political battle lines have been clearly drawn. TMC chief Mamata Banerjee has warned that there will be a civil war leading to a bloodbath if the Centre goes ahead with the citizenship drive. Watch this India Development Debate as Sandeep Gurumurthi and Supriya Shrinate discuss the stand-off over NRC, and its implications on national politics.