NEW DELHI, June 26 - Stating that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was part of the Assam Accord, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that his government is committed to implement the NRC. Replying to a debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President�s address in Rajya Sabha, Modi said that the Rajiv Gandhi government accepted the NRC as part of the Assam Accord. �Why are you (Congress) not taking the credit for it now? For us, this is not politics. This is about unity of India and we will implement the NRC with diligence,� he said.
Modi was referring to the government�s agenda that was spelled out by President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the joint session of the Parliament on June 20.
The President had said that the government will amend the Citizenship Act while protecting the linguistic, cultural and social identities and strengthen the NRC to prevent infiltration. Kovind further said that while the government is working to identify the infiltrators, it is also fully committed to protecting the victims of persecution.
The Prime Minister said he was saddened when some people had said that the BJP and its allies have won the election, but the country and democracy lost. He termed such statements as unfortunate and said that the decision of voters should not be questioned.
Hitting out at the Congress, Modi asked whether the defeat of the party is equal to the defeat of the nation. �There is a limit to arrogance,� he said, pointing out that the Congress could not win a single seat in 17 states.
The Prime Minister said it is an insult to farmers to say that they sold themselves just because of a Rs 2,000 scheme. Modi also pointed out that even when the BJP had only two MPs in Parliament, the party did not make any excuses or blame polling booths, but worked harder and won the trust of people.
He said people should appreciate how the country�s electoral processes have improved over the years. He compared the present day scenario to the 1950s when the polling process took a lot of time to complete, and violence and booth capturing were common in some places.