Assam citizens need not worry; can cast their vote if name on electoral rolls: Election Panel

The citizens of Assam “need not to worry” any longer even if they have been left out of the draft list since they can cast their vote if their name appears on the electoral rolls, stated the top election officer of India on Wednesday.

A huge political controversy seems to have sparked up after the National Register of Citizens left out 4 million people of the state of Assam in a motion against the illegal migrants from Bangladesh. The ruling BJP government has been accused of aiming at these people for sheer political interests.

OP Rawat, the Chief Election Commissioner told a news daily, “Those left out of the Assam citizen’s list can vote if their names are in the voter’s list. The Election Commission will publish a voter list in January and will not wait for the final NRC.”

A complete hullaballoo in the political corridors have started ahead of the state elections and the nationwide polls to be held in the year 2019.

The draft National Register of Citizens is an upshot of agitation that lasted for almost a year by the residents of Assam that have been demanding expulsion of the illegal immigrants from the country of Bangladesh just over the border.

The exclusion of citizens from the list was rolled out on Monday this week. On the other hand, Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister warned yesterday against “civil war and bloodbath”.

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