BJP MLA  Shiladitya Dev at a demonstration near the state capital complex in Dispur on Monday Credit: Facebook

Guwahati: Launching a scathing attack on National Register of Citizens (NRC) state coordinator Prateek Hajela for his “arbitrary” way of functioning, Assam BJP legislator Shiladitya Deb has said that Hajela is planning to make the Assamese people a minority in their own land.

Addressing a rally in the state capital Dispur, on the sidelines of the ongoing autumn session of the Assam Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, the BJP MLA from Hojai came down heavily on Hajela. “He is trying to destroy the history of the Assamese community as a whole. He is trying to make the Assamese people a minority in its own land,” he said.

Reacting to the Supreme Court’s directive to Hajela not to share any information with the state legislature, Shiladitya Deb termed it as “unfortunate”.

“It’s okay that the Supreme Court has said that no information can be given to the judiciary, legislature and the executive. But what I want to say is that time has come to close down all the Foreigners’ Tribunals in Assam,” he added.

Participating in the rally, state BJP president Ranjit Das also appealed the Supreme Court to take a decision regarding NRC considering the recent affidavit filed by both the government of India and the state government.

On Monday, Dev staged another protest outside the Assembly holding a placard, which read, “My Lord, do not discriminate your own children”. “If we do not have access to any information about NRC update, then what will we tell our people?” he asked.

He said the court order made him believe that the NRC update is not transparent.

“If the 1951 NRC will not be relied upon during the claims and objections, then what will be the validity of the updated NRC?” he asked.

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