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Amit Shah has failed to prepare an error-free NRC, said former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi
Amit Shah has failed to prepare an error-free NRC, said former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi|EastMojo image
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NRC is waste paper if correction not made: Former Assam CM Gogoi

The veteran Congress leader asks Union home minister Amit Shah to speak up on the issue; demands error-free National Register of Citizens

Mehzabin Sultana

Guwahati: Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has demanded a correct and error-free National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state. Lakhs of people have not figured in the list due to the negligence of the people who are in charge of verifying the documents, including NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela, alleged the veteran Congress leader.

Gogoi said this while addressing the media in Guwahati on Tuesday. “You are a useless fellow, Prateek Hajela,” he added.

Condemning the final NRC published on Saturday, the ex-CM said, “NRC is a waste paper if proper correction is not made.”

“The begalis and Hindus who have voted for BJP are being excluded from the list and people who believed in Himanta [Biswa Sarma] are now in the [foreigners] tribunal office,” Gogoi said, adding: “Himanta wants to fool the Assamese people.”

“Why is Amit Shah silent today? Before the final draft, he raised his opinion several times that they have done what nobody in Assam could do and also have identified 40 lakh foreigners from NRC. Now as the final draft has been out what would he take for himself -- take credits or discredits?” asked Gogoi.

According to him, Shah has seen the people of Assam out on the streets fighting for their rights and being the home minister he has the responsibility but is yet to speak up on the issue.

“The spokesperson has said that the NRC is transparent and scientific, Hajela also supported the statement. But if it is scientific why there are so many mistakes?” questioned Gogoi.

Gogoi also slammed the ruling party saying it was because of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma that Assam is ruined today.

The former CM also said that he would appeal Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi over the issue. “I will ask him whether NRC has been implemented under his direction,” he added.

“Today, such a situation has been created on the NRC that lakhs of people who are here in Assam since ages are now living under uncertainty. To send the people to foreigners’ tribunal, the people have to be declared as either foreigner or D-voters. Now the thing which I don’t understand is -- who has given them the right to declare lakhs of people as foreigners?,” Gogoi asked.

“According to Assam Accord, the people who came here before 1971 are the citizens of India. So why do they need to provide documents now?” the former chief minister questioned the ruling party.