Will implement NRC in Haryana, says CM Khattar, gets Hooda’s support

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal gives a booklet of five-year achievements of the state government to former chairman of Haryana State Human Rights Commission, Justice (Retd) H.S. Bhalla during the 'Maha Jan Sampark Abhiyan' organised to meet the intellectuals of the society, in Panchkula. PTI Photo

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday (September 15) said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be updated in the state, as done in Assam.

“We will implement NRC in Haryana,” Khattar told reporters in Panchkula after meeting justice (retd) HS Bhalla  and former Navy chief Admiral (retd) Sunil Lanba at their residences as part of BJP’s Maha Sampark Abhiyan” ahead of October-schedule assembly polls.

Referring to justice (retd) Bhalla, Khattar said has taken up many assignments after his retirement, including heading the state human rights commission.

“These days, he is also working on NRC and will visit Assam soon. I have said (to Justice Bhalla) that we will implement NRC in Haryana and have sought Bhallaji’s support and suggestion,” he said.

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The Congress, which has been ramping up its preparations for the polls, was quick to react. At a press conference, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda supported the move.

“What the Chief Minister has said is the law, foreigners have to leave, it is the responsibility of the government to identify them,” he said at the press conference, with senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and other INLD leaders by his side.

In Assam, a final list of the updated NRC left out 1.9 million people, and triggered a massive outcry, with leaders, including from BJP leaders. The process of NRC updation was started in Assam following a Supreme Court order in 2013 and since then, the apex court has closely monitored the entire process.

However, several political parties, including the BJP in the northeastern state, have voiced their dissatisfaction with the final document.