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Over 50% in Chhattisgarh won't be able to prove citizenship: Bhupesh Baghel

He also said that half the people in Chhattisgarh do not possess any document to prove their citizenship as their ancestors were illiterate who migrated to different villages or states.

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

Bhupesh Baghel

Chief Minister has said that if the Register of Citizens (NRC) is implemented, over half the population in his state will not be able to prove their citizenship as they neither have land nor land records.

He also said that half the people in do not possess any document to prove their citizenship as their ancestors were illiterate who migrated to different villages or states.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a programme here on Friday evening, Baghel reiterated that the way Mahatma Gandhi had opposed the identification scheme of Britishers in Africa in 1906, he will oppose the exercise.

Asked whether people will have to stand in queues, as happened during demonetisation, to prove their citizenship once the is implemented, Baghel said, "Indeed, we have to prove that we are Indians. How those who are not able to do so, will be accommodated?

"In Chhattisgarh, there are 2.80 crore people and more than half of them will not be able to prove their citizenship. They neither have land records nor land. Their forefathers were illiterate. Most of them migrated to other villages or states. From where they will bring the 50-100 years old documents," he asked.

"This is just an unnecessary burden on people. We have several agencies to check infiltration in the country. The agencies can take action against the infiltrators. But how come they (Centre) can trouble the common people," he said.

Likening the to the identification scheme implemented in South Africa, the chief minister said, "Mahatma Gandhi had opposed the identification scheme of Britishers in Africa. Similarly, we will oppose the NRC and I have already announced that if it is implemented, I will be the first one who will not sign the NRC document."


Apart from NRC, Baghel had also criticised the NDA government over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to persecuted non- Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

First Published: Sat, December 21 2019. 10:35 IST
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