A delegation of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha called on joint secretary (NE), ministry of home affairs, Satyendra Garg, in New Delhi to press for their demands relating to NRC Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: Expressing dissatisfaction over the number of people from the Gorkha community getting excluded from the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, leading Gorkha organisation Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha (BGP) has claimed that the names of over 1 lakh people, including ancestors of some freedom fighters and martyrs, are missing from the list.

“Out of 19,06,657 names excluded in the final NRC, a substantial number is that of Gorkhas, who are bona fide citizens of India. NRC upgrade was a cherished dream of Assam since the historic Assam Accord. It is time to realise that we are identifying genuine Indian citizens based on documents; so inclusions are done legally after multi-layered verification but numbers of foreigners traced after FT cases will not meet the expected lines that the government narrated. As a whole, the NRC is not in the expected lines for the people of Assam,” said Nityananda Upadhyay, president of Assam State Committee, BGP, said while speaking with EastMojo.

The BGP, however, feels that Gorkhas of Assam have been able to reduce the number of exclusions after repeated assertion with appropriate authority time and again. It should be noted that the BGP, with support from civil society organisations of Assam, has made itself a party in the case before the Supreme Court with respect to inclusion of bona fide Indian Gorkhas.

Commenting on the left-out cases, Nanda Kirati Dewan, national secretary (youth affairs) of BGP, told EastMojo that the BGP will engage legal and paralegal community members who have been trained to fight foreigners’ tribunal (FT) cases with proper assertion with a common approach.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the exclusion of some of the prominent Gorkhas from the final list of the NRC, Dewan also said that freedom fighter and founding member of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) Chabilal Upadhyay’s granddaughter, Manju Devi’s name has been left out along with that of her two children despite several presentations that her “D” is marked arbitrarily without any case reference in FT or with the border police.

He also urged the excluded Gorkhas to get in touch with the BGP. “It is a matter of great concern that descendants of freedom fighters and martyrs too have been excluded. The state government and its administration, including all DEOs, border police and NRC authority should ensure that such cases are addressed through a special mechanism as suggested previously to NRC authorities, ECI and government of Assam,” the senior Gorkha leader added.

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Meanwhile, a delegation of BGP met joint secretary (NE) Satyendra Garg on issues concerning rejection from NRC of those who were “arbitrarily” marked D in the electoral rolls, and about implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord. The delegation consisted of national vice president Yam Prasad Ghimire, north east zone secretary Lakpa Lama and national secretary (youth affairs) Nanda Kirati Dewan.

During their meeting with Garg, the BGP team sought constitutional safeguard of Gorkhas in implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord and requested him a speedy implementation of MHA notification on D Voters of Gorkhas with necessary corrections and bring about an early resolution of D voters.

“Gorkha legal fraternity and trained paralegal community will help rejected individuals and families in FTs to close cases across Assam. This was resolved in a joint meeting last month called by BGP and major Gorkha civil society organisation, including Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha and All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU),” he said.

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