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Khattar makes NRC election pitch before Haryana poll

While members of even the ruling coalition in Assam are unhappy with the way NRC has panned out in their state, some BJP leaders are going around the country promising a similar exercise nationwide

Chandigarh: Amid the controversy over the Assam NRC list, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said that he would implement the National Register of Citizens in Haryana as well. “We will implement NRC in Haryana,” the Chief Minister said after meeting former Navy Chief Sunil Lamba and former Justice HS Bhalla in Panchkula.

CM Manohar Lal Khattar is running a “Maha Sampark Abhiyan” in view of the Assembly election to be held in the state in October. After meeting Justice Bhalla, he told reporters they discussed many issues.

“Met former Admiral JS Lamba ji, Justice (Retd) HS in Panchkula today under Bharatiya Janata Party’s nationwide #MahaSamparkAbhiyan. Meeting Bhalla ji and Lt (retd) General BS Jaswal ji, I informed them about the development work done in 5 years and discussed good governance with them,” Khattar tweeted.

Khattar said, “Justice Bhalla has been working on many issues since his retirement. He is working also on NRC and he will visit Assam soon. I have said that we would implement NRC in Haryana. We have sought support and suggestions from Bhalla.”

Recently, the final list of National Citizenship Register (NRC) was released, out of which nearly 20 lakh people, mostly Hindus — to the chagrin of those who held for ages that Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators constituted the majority — were not shown as citizens of the country.

A controversy has raged over the list since it was released on 31 August. Not only the opposition but also the ruling coalition members in Assam, the BJP, AGP and others, say there is something wrong with this list. The NRC includes the names of foreigners while the names of true Indian citizens are missing, they say.

That notwithstanding, some BJP leaders have been talking about implementing NRC in West Bengal and other states as well. Many opposition parties including the TMC, Congress, JDU are against it.

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