BJP and AGP want the NRC issue alive: Tarun Gogoi

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Senior Congress leader of Assam Tarun Gogoi on September 1 asked how the government asked the 19.07 lakh people left out of the final NRC list to move the Foreigners Tribunals for inclusion of their names as they have not been declared foreigners.

After 19.07 lakh people did not find their names in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on August 31, the Assam government asked them to appeal to the Foreigners Tribunals and said the administration would provide legal support to the Indian citizens who were left out.

State Congress president Ripun Bora said those left out can move the Foreigners Tribunal in 120 days but the Centre must clarify from who will issue the speaking order in this case and from when the period of 120 days would start.

Addressing a press meet in Rajiv Bhawan on Sunday Mr. Gogoi told “Foreigners Tribunals are for declaring people foreigners and they would make appeals there. So why should the excluded people go to the Foreigners Tribunals on their own? They have not been declared foreigners by the government,”

He accused the ruling BJP and AGP of not wanting to solve the illegal foreigners issue in Assam, saying the party would become issue-less in that case. He referred to the announcement of the government that those excluded from the NRC list will be able to move the Foreigners Tribunal to get themselves included, and as long as one’s plea remains sub-judice, the person cannot be treated as a foreigner.

The former Chief Minister described the NRC as a “waste paper” and said it was so since the complete draft was published in June 2018 leaving out 40 lakh people.

He accused the ruling BJP and AGP of not wanting to solve the illegal foreigners issue in Assam, saying the party would become issue-less in that case.

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