Amidst on-going controversy over the implementation of NRC, Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday that the BJP government in Karnataka is planning to introduce the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah had reiterated that NRC will be extended to all the states across the country on his visit to West Bengal.
Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that there are talks going on about implementation of NRC throughout the country and that Karnataka is one of the states where many people across the borders come and settle.
Bommai added that the Karnataka government is currently collecting all the information and will go ahead after holding discussions with the Union Home Ministry.
Bommai was addressing media from Haveri where he said that two meetings have taken place regarding implementation of NRC which was accepted by some of the states.
The Home Minister said that he has directed officials to study the provisions in the law in this regard. Many foreigners have come and settled in cities like Bengaluru and other cities. It was observed that they are indulging in crime with some of them also arrested.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday announced that the central government will implement National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal. Amit shah said that before beginning the process of NRC the central government will bring in the Citizenship amendment bill in the state.
However, Mamata Banerjee earlier accused BJP of using NRC as a political tool. The final draft of NRC list published on August 31 left out a total of over 19 lakh people. NRC in Assam is a fall out of Assam Accord signed in 1985.
According to Bommai, the state is expected to take a clear decision about implementation of NRC in Karnataka in a week’s time.