Assam NRC: Name of lone woman ex-CM missing from draft
In a shocking development, the name of Assam's only woman Chief Minister was excluded from the NRC draft, which released earlier this week. The name of Anwara Taimur, who served as the CM of the North Eastern state from December 6, 1980, to June 30, 1981, wasn't on the list, her son confirmed. He said they would submit the forms again.
Apart from Taimur, other prominent names were missing from draft
Taimur isn't the only prominent name missing from the draft. Ananta Kumar Malo, the current MLA from Abhayapur South constituency, was also missing from the list, but he was hopeful. Similarly, family members of former president Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed didn't find a place. In total, 40 lakh names were missing, and they can re-apply at respective Sewa Kendra from August 30 to September 28.
The Assam NRC added fire to political flames
After the exclusion of 40 lakh names, the BJP led Centre came under huge criticism from many fronts. However, Home Minister Rajnath Singh repeatedly assured this wasn't the final list, and asked parties to not politicize the matter. "I assure everyone that no Indian citizen will be left out. There is absolutely no need to worry," he said today.
Detention of TMC leaders further intensifies controversy
On Thursday, the detention of TMC leaders at Silchar airport, who wished to take stock of the situation in Assam, further made the matter tense. The administration also imposed prohibitory orders, following which hundreds of TMC supporters shouted anti-government slogans outside the airport. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee earlier warned BJP against playing with fire and said Indians were being made refugees.