Citizenship can be determined by place of birth or by bloodline. There are cutoff dates for the country, which are different for Assam where the NRC is being prepared. A look at how the laws have evolved.
Swamy, who has in the past claimed that Rahul Gandhi is an Italian, had earlier written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting Rahul’s British citizenship. Swamy had also demanded that the Congress leader be stripped of his membership in Parliament.
The Centre’s proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill may have faced opposition elsewhere in Assam, but here in Barak Valley, with its Hindu migrants, it has only boosted support for the BJP. As has the NRC — the belief here is that the BJP will stand by the Hindu names that fall foul of the NRC list.