Guwahati Jan 4,2018: Assam has react angrily to West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s reported statement that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update in Assam is aimed at driving out Bengalis from the state.
The NRC is being updated in Assam with March 24,1971 as cut off date in order to solve the state’s long foreigner problem. The cut off was agreed in Assam Accord signed between the Centre and groups agitating against Bangladeshi migrants illegally living in Assam, in 1985.
“Banerjee seems to be ignorant that the NRC is being updated under the supervision of the Supreme Court. The NRC is being updated to detect the foreigners and not any Indian citizens-be it Bengali or Bihari. Statement by a responsible person like chief minister of a state is unfortunate. Banerjee is trying to reap political benefit. We request everyone not to do politics over the issue as the NRC is necessary to protect future of Assamese people,” general secretary of All Assam Students’ Union, Lurinjyoti Gogoi said. AASU had led the Assam Agitation and signed the Assam Accord in 1985.
“We hope the Supreme Court will take action against Banerjee as the NRC is being monitored by the Supreme Court,” he said.
BJP and Congress too slammed Banerjee saying the latter was trying to strengthen her vote banks. “She is scared that if a similar exercise is carried out in West Bengal, she will lose her vote bank. Her statement is intentional for political mileage, ” BJP’s state unit said.
A part draft of NRC comprising 2.9 crore was released on the mid-night of December 31 as ordered by the Supreme Court. A total of 3.29 crore have submitted documents to prove their Citizenship and include their names in the NRC. Names of rest of the applicants will be released after verification of their documents. Those failing to prove their Indian citizenship, however, will be given a chance to prove the same in foreigner tribunals.