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Jharkhand: Raghubar Das Claims To Implement NRC If BJP Wins 2024 State Assembly Elections

Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has said that he had earlier written to the Centre for implementing the National Register of Citizens in his state for the tribal population that he claims is under threat. He promised to implement it once BJP comes to power in the state.

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Jharkhand Chief Ministers Raghubar Das greets a gathering during an election campaign rally.
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Former Jharkhand chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Raghubar Das has promised that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented in Jharkhand if the 2024 state assembly election results put his party in power.

Raghubar Das reportedly also said that he had asked the Centre in 2018 for the Implementation of NRC in Jharkhand for the fast-changing demography of the tribal-dominated region of Santhal Pargana, especially the Parkur and Sahebgunj districts. 

Das also reportedly said, "Rampant infiltration of Bangladeshis has become a great concern and a threat to residents of the region... These illegal migrants from the neighbouring country have married local women and acquired thousands of acres of land in the region."

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The Santhal Pargana comprises the districts of Godda, Deoghar, Dumka, Jamtara, Sahibganj and Pakur and Das mentioned that the issue of "fast-changing demography" in those districts has been raised in the Parliament already. 

According to PTI, Das said, "Considering the prevailing situation in 2018, I requested the central government to implement the NRC as the situation had become a great concern. The NRC will be implemented if the BJP is elected to power in the 2024 state elections."

Raghubar Das is the former chief minister of Jharkhand, he was in power between 2014 and 2019. Now he is the national vice president of BJP.

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Das has claimed that the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha party in power has not initiated any action to address the issues of illegal immigrants from the neighbouring country. He says that even after the tribal population being under threat the party has done nothing to solve it. He reported said, "The Hemant Soren government is following an appeasement policy and infiltrators are being patronised by the JMM dispensation for vote bank." 

What is BJP's plan for Jharkhand Assembly Elections?

Raghubar Das reportedly said that the BJP has already geared up to ensure the party's victory in all 14 parliamentary constituencies in the state in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

The saffron party had bagged 12 of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 elections, while one seat each went into the kitty of the Congress and the JMM.

To a query about the meeting of opposition parties in Patna on Friday, Das reportedly said it "will not have any impact on national politics or that of Jharkhand". 

"It is an alliance of thugs. Differences within the opposition were visible clearly in the meeting and people of the country are also aware of their intention and motive," the BJP leader alleged.

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