GUWAHATI, Sept 8 - Amidst the debate surrounding the �flawed� NRC, Home Minister Amit Shah today said the government won�t allow a single infiltrator to stay in India.
�People are saying many things after the NRC was published. The NRC was done in time-bound manner. We want to reiterate that we won�t allow a single infiltrator to stay here. It is our pledge,� Shah said.
The Narendra Modi government has no intention to tamper with Article 371 of the Constitution, Shah asserted today, taking a dig at the opposition which, he said, was trying to create confusion in the North East in the aftermath of scrapping of Article 370.
Multiple states, many in the North East, enjoy special provisions to some extent, under Article 371. Some of these states are Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Sikkim.
Addressing the 68th plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) here, Shah sought to allay apprehensions of the people of the North East region regarding Article 371, following the abrogation of Article 370, which had given special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
He alleged that after the abrogation of Article 370, the opposition parties had tried to carry out a campaign that the Article 371 will be targeted.
�I clarified in the floor of the Parliament then, and today, I would like to say it here,� Shah said.
�We must understand the fundamental difference between the two. Article 370 was a temporary measure, Article 371 is a special provision. The Narendra Modi government respects Article 371 and all the provisions under 371(A) to 371(J), and it will not be tampered,� he said.