Congress demands all party meeting over Assam NRC issue
The government has given the list of 16 documents for identity purposes and any of the 16 would establish the citizenship of the applicant or otherwise
The Congress today asked the government to immediately convene an all-party meeting on the NRC issue and inform the opposition on the steps it proposes to take to ensure that no Indian citizen is left out.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi said the BJP government's execution of the highly-sensitive National Register of Citizens (NRC) has been tardy, leading to massive insecurity in Assam.
Senior party spokesperson Anand Sharma said there should be no politics over the issue and the matter be treated as the humanitarian.
"The government must immediately call a meeting of leaders of all parties and should inform about the steps it proposes to take," he said, adding that it would be proper if the meeting is called tomorrow.
He said till all matters related to the NRC are disposed, people and families should not be separated or taken to any camp and the matters be kept in abeyance.
The NRC issue is of international importance as it affects relation with neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh. It also has inter and intrastate repercussions as well, Sharma said.
The Congress leader said indigenous people and tea plantation labourers have been affected in large numbers.
The government has given the list of 16 documents for identity purposes and any of the 16 would establish the citizenship of the applicant or otherwise, but an overwhelming majority of people are excluded even after giving documents, Sharma said.
"The question arises about the methodology, the efficiency as well as the credibility of the entire process of the exercise," he said.
"However, the manner in which this exercise has been undertaken by the BJP governments at the centre and in Assam leaves much to be desired," he said.
"Clearly, after spending close to Rs 1,200 crore, the execution of this critical and highly sensitive exercise has been tardy. The Government must move swiftly to resolve this crisis," Gandhi said.
Congress spokesperson Sharma said the issue has inter-state dimensions and repercussions and a humanitarian crisis aspect.
"This is not an issue on which politics should be played. That is what we would advise and request the ruling party, which is in government in that state (Assam) and also in Tripura," he said.
A massive Supreme Court-monitored exercise to identify genuine Indian nationals living in Assam today excluded over 40 lakh people from the final draft list, triggering a political slugfest with the opposition alleging that it was the BJP's "gameplan" to divide the people for electoral gains.
The issue rocked both house of Parliament after which Home Minister Rajnath Singh appealed to the opposition not to politicise the "sensitive" matter as the list has been published on the directives of the Supreme Court and the Centre has "no role" in it.
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