With just 10 days to go, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal indicated on Monday that even as the National Register of Citizens (NRC) would be published on August 31, as mandated by the Supreme Court, the government is looking for a legislative way to redo the NRC as there are huge complaints of Bangladeshi entering NRC.
Mr Sonowal was talking to the reporters after meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah in regard of the preparation of the NRC publication.
“After the NRC final list is published on August 31, you know that under our democracy we have that right. You can also raise a question. If it is necessary to take a step in that direction, we will discuss it.”
He made it abundantly clear that Assam Government is unhappy and already Sangh affiliated organs are keeping up the pressure to discredit the NRC even as the Supreme Court had closed the option of review.
The comment is an indication of how the state aims to deal with the NRC aftermath. It is yet to devise a plan for those who could be rendered stateless. There are also fears in the BJP-led establishment that many Hindus could be among those excluded.
“You are aware that the Supreme Court has fixed a deadline for publication of the final NRC on August 31. When the draft NRC was published earlier, a lot of questions were raised. But people of Assam maintained peace. We are certain that when the final NRC is published, people will again maintain calm. The Home Minister has assured full support. All our requirement for (security) forces would be fulfilled, we have been told,” Sonowal said.