Guwahati: A high-level delegation team of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha visited the headquarters of Election Commission of India (ECI) at Nirvachan Sadan in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss the ‘D voter’ cases of Gorkhas residing in Assam with reference to the National Register of Citizen (NRC) update process going on in the state.
The high-level team led by the BGP national working president Munish Tamang called on the deputy chief election commissioner (CEC) Sudip Jain, at the ECI headquarters in the national capital. The deputy CEC was accompanied by special secretary to ECI on behalf of the Chief Election Commissioner while the BGP’s delegation included state representative and national secretary (youth affairs) Nanda Kirati Dewan, national secretary (media affairs) Guman Dhoj Limbu and the regional committee general secretary of Karbi Anglong, Bimal Pradhan.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the BGP delegation apprised the ECI about the issue of Gorkha D voters and their descendants without any reference in the Foreigners Tribunal or at Border Police, failing to include their names in the final draft NRC while some of them featuring in the additional exclusion draft list recently released by the Assam government.
“They were in danger of being perpetually D voters without any avenue for redressal of their problems,” the statement added.
The BGP statement further said that cases with supporting documents were also placed seeking urgent intervention of the ECI to bring a logical conclusion over the matter. The statement also said that the commission has discussed the matter in depth and assured to work on the matter to evolve a mechanism in addressing the grievances.
Highlighting the cases brought before the ECI, BGP national secretary Nanda Kirati Dewan said that a woman from Sonitpur district, Manju Devi’s case was placed before the commission with an RTI reply from the election branch and supported by a clearance from Superintendent of Police (Border) of the district. However, the commission apprised the delegation team that ECI will examine all D-voter cases without any reference to the Foreigners Tribunal or Border Police and would accordingly issue instructions for its correction on merit basis as per the rules.
The the ECI and BGP meeting lasted for about 35 minutes and the delegation placed at least six types of D voter cases reflected in the NRC update process including one case study with supporting documents were brought in front of the ECI.