New Delhi [India], Sept 12 : The Left parties on Thursday demanded a judicial mechanism above the foreigners' tribunals to hear the appeals concerning the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
In a statement, the Left parties said that the final list of NRC in Assam has excluded 19.6 lakh claimants, who had applied to be included in the register.
"Preliminary reports show that a large number of Indian citizens have been left out. It is necessary, therefore, to ensure that there is a fair process by which the appeals can be heard and decided," the Left parties said.
They said that the procedure set out is for those who have been excluded to appeal within 120 days to designated Foreigners' Tribunals, which "function more on an executive basis."
"As per the present rules, it will consider the merit of the appeal before deciding to be admitted. Such screening is unwarranted. To ensure a fair process and to safeguard the rights of those excluded, it is essential to have the appeal go through a judicial process. The Left parties demand that a judicial mechanism be set-up to hear the appeals over and above the tribunal," said the press release issued by them.
The statement said that those declared as foreigners by the tribunals were liable to be sent to detention camps.
"Those detained in detention camps do not have elementary human rights. Detaining people for an indefinite period in such camps is illegal and unconstitutional. The Left parties demand the abolition of the detention camp system," the parties said.
They said the BJP in Assam is demanding re-verification of the NRC list or even a fresh NRC in the state. "This must not be done as it is meant only to advance the BJP's communal and divisive agenda," the statement said.
"The BJP government is talking about extending the NRC process in the whole of India. This is uncalled for. It is being done only with the aim of targeting certain sections of the people and to create polarisation. The Left parties are opposed to the NRC process, in any form, being extended to the rest of India," the statement said.
The statement was issued by Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party.