A file photo of applicants getting their documents verified at an NRC office in Assam

Guwahati: A day after PM Narendra Modi was said to have assured his Bangladeshi counterpart that there will be no deportation from India following the National Register of Citizens (NRC) process in Assam, several political parties and students’ organisations in the state have reacted sharply against the government’s latest announcement.

Terming it as a poll gimmick, senior Congressman and leader of the opposition, Debabrata Saikia, said: “What the PM is saying now is exactly the opposite of what he said during his speeches in Assam while campaigning for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.”

Saikia accused the PM of using election jumlas.

Assam opposition leader Debabrata Saikia on Friday said that the Centre’s latest announcement on NRC is against the principles of the Assam Accord

On Thursday, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s top political adviser HT Imam had told the media that PM Modi has assured his country’s government that people not included in the NRC will not be deported to Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, denying to comment on the NRC update process, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya expressed his “full faith in the NRC update process as the Supreme Court is monitoring the whole practice”. “It is mentioned in the Assam Accord that foreigners will be detected, deleted and deported and this must be honoured by the Centre and the Assam government.”

AASU, which is the apex students’ body of in the state, has been relentlessly advocating for an error-free NRC update process.

On the other hand, the All Assam Bangali Youth Student Federation (AABYSF), which has been opposing the NRC procss, echoed the views of the Congress and the AASU. AABYSF state general secretary Samrat Bhowal said: “The Indian government’s statement is dubious as it does not have any extradition treaty with Bangladesh in the first place.” He added: “After spending more Rs 1,200 crore of public money, they are accusing genuine citizens as foreigners. Of the remaining 40,007,707 persons who do not feature in the NRC draft, most of them have genuine documents.”

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