They were languishing in the detention camps at Goalpara and Tezpur since 2012.
Targeting the Opposition, he wondered who among the 40 lakh people whose names were struck off the draft list, they wanted to save.
"I am feeling good after seeing the name of mine and other four members of my family in the draft list", Abdul Gani, a journalist based in Guwahati, told AFP.
Assam lies on the border with Muslim-majority Bangladesh and is in the grip of social and communal tension as residents campaign against illegal immigrants, a fight backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government. "The publication of the complete draft will go a long way in achieving what an agitation (against illegal migrants from 1979-1985) nearly four decades ago had sought to".
The Supreme Court today made it clear that no action shall be taken pursuant to the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).
"There are grave reasons for concern that those without proper documentation will be targeted", she said, warning that "India should not become another Myanmar or United States".
After releasing the much-awaited list, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity, Registrar General Sailesh, NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela and joint secretary (NE) of the Ministry of Home Affairs Satyendra Garg addressed a press conference and informed that 40 lakh people were left out of the final draft of NRC. "To be included in the list, residents of the state had to apply and submit proof that they or their ancestors were in the 1951 NRC or any subsequent voter list till the cut-off date". Don't the people have Assam have human rights?
Political activists in Assam say most of those are Bengali-speaking Muslims.
In 2016, the BJP formed the state government in Assam and vowed to act against the "outsiders".
He sought to know whether the Congress wanted to protect the "illegal Bangladeshis" in the eastern state.
But the BJP government denied any systematic move to expel immigrants.
Sailesh, who uses one name, said the more than 4 million left out can file appeals by September 30 and prove their Indian nationality by providing documents. He promised that no citizen will be deprived of their rights.
It will publish the final list on December 31.
"Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear".
Following an outcry from rights groups over possible harassment of Muslims in Assam, Interior Minister Rajnath Singh said that the NRC exercise was being carried out in an impartial and transparent manner.