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Tripura governor claims Muslims entering India are not refugees

  • Published at 09:12 pm August 1st, 2018
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People wait to check their names on the draft list at the National Register of Citizens (NRC) centre at a village in Nagaon district, Assam state, India, July 30, 2018 Reuters

The chief minister says the NRC is not an issue for Tripura

Tripura Chief Minister (CM) Biplab Kumar Deb and Governor Tathagata Roy have expressed their respective views on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. 

While paying a visit to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat, at Nagpur, Maharashtra on Tuesday, Biplab Kumar Deb told reporters that the NRC is not an issue for Tripura. 

“Everything is in order in Tripura and everyone has valid papers, so the NRC is not an issue for us.

“I don’t feel it is a sensitive issue in Assam either, as Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is capable of handling the situation,” the Tripura CM added. 

Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy took to Twitter to air his views on the NRC.

“Only those who flee their country from a genuine fear of persecution – because of religion, ethnicity, or political beliefs – are refugees. People entering another country in search of employment or economic opportunities are not refugees, they are infiltrators,” the Tripura Governor tweeted.

“As per the definition provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – which for some reason is still not formally accepted by the Indian government—Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, and Buddhists fleeing Bangladesh and Pakistan are refugees,” Tathagata Roy added.

“However, Muslims entering India are not refugees because they faced no persecution in their home countries,” Roy further added.