No provocative speech can destabilize our age-old communal amity: Sonowal


Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday said that no provocative speeches can destabilize the age old communal amity in Assam. His comment came after All India Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said she was “worried about torture” and people had become “refugees” in their own country.

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Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) has been updated for the first time since 1951 to account for illegal migration from neighbouring Bangladesh. Releasing the updated list, officials underscored that no one would be deported or arrested as this is only a draft.

“The resilience and struggle of the people of Assam are intrinsically involved with the matter of NRC. The issues of providing a constitutional safeguard to Assam and preparation of an error-free NRC without the names of foreigners were included in the Assam Accord, which was signed as a result of the tumultuous six years of Assam Agitation. After the government led by Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies assumed power in 2016, I went to the NRC office on May 25 that year to take forward the NRC updation process successfully,” said Sonowal after all-party meeting on Sunday.