NRC not a threat to citizenship of Indians: Minister

There should not be an atmosphere of 'confusion or fear' over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as it does not pose a threat to the citizenship of Indians, senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, asserting there will be no discrimination in identifying illegal immigrants.

"It is unfortunate that some individuals with vested interests are trying to create an atmosphere of "confusion, fear and panic" over the NRC issue", the Union minister of minority affairs said.

"We should remain cautious of the conspiracy of such elements," Naqvi said in a statement issued by his office.

The Modi government's intention is to identify illegal immigrants, he said.

"No nation can afford illegal population explosion. The issue of illegal immigration has been there for a long time. People have been against the infiltration of foreigners for a long time. We cannot ignore it," Naqvi said.

The rights of true citizens should be protected at all costs, he asserted.

The NRC process has been going on under the guidance of the Supreme Court from 2013, the minister said.