Congress Claim on Faulty NRC Draft Vindicated by SC
The Congress' claim on "faulty" NRC draft of Assam has been vindicated by the Supreme Court rebuking the registrar general of India and NRC state coordinator and directing them to concentrate on preparing an error-free citizen's register, party leader Tarun Gogoi said today.
Alleging that the officials were under pressure from the RSS and BJP, Gogoi claimed that the apex court had doubts about the integrity of the NRC authorities.
The former chief minister of Assam also accused the BJP of giving importance to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and not to the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
"We have been saying that the draft NRC is full of errors and the Supreme Court's directive to the officials that they have the responsibility to prepare a correct NRC, proves our claim," he told reporters here.
"The exclusion of 40 lakh people in the draft NRC is a matter of serious concern and the authorities must ensure that genuine citizens of the country are not left out," he said.
The Congress leader also criticised Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for being "silent" on the issue and claimed that the latter has not clarified on what action would be taken to include the names of genuine Indian citizens and detect the foreigners.
Sonowal has also not asked for the withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 despite widespread protests, he said and accused the BJP of giving importance to the Bill and not NRC.
withdrawing the Bill. If the Bill is not withdrawn, the entire
NRC list will go waste. The whole exercise will be a waste of money, energy, and resources," Gogoi said.
The former chief minister also accused the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) of "double standards" as he said although the outfit was demanding the withdrawal of the Bill, it was continuing its alliance with the BJP to remain in power in the state.
"But at the same time, the Trinamool Congress delegation should not have been denied entry. The TMC delegates had the right to come and clear their doubts though they cannot create tension in the state," he added.
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