Assam BJP Slams Hajela’s Sceptical Role Over NRC

Assam BJP Slams Hajela’s Sceptical Role Over NRC

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) inAssam lashed out at the official of National Register of Citizens (NRC)accusing him of working for some vested interest.

On Tuesday, NRC coordinator PrateekHajela told the Supreme Court that 27 percent of the names in the draft NRC hadbeen verified once again and based on the report, the court turned down arequest by the centre and Assam government to have up to 20 percent of thenames on the draft NRC, particularly in districts bordering Bangladesh to checkagain.

In a statement issued by the BJP,Assam unit said, "We are opposed to the fact that without any instruction fromthe Supreme Court, Hajela went forward on his own to do what he claims asre-verification of 27 percent of the names. Both Centre and state had pleadedfor re-verification only to ensure that not a single genuine Indians is leftout or any illegal gets entry. We are apprehensive that Hajela is working onbehest of some vested interest."

Moreover, Sachetan Nagarik Mancha, acivil society group faulted the government for not pushing hard enough to getthe names re-verified. The civil society group also collected signatures of 25lakh people from Assam last year on a memorandum which they had submitted toPresident Ram Nath Kovind alleging that the draft NRC was diluted with theinclusion of Bangladeshis.  

The ongoing process of updation ofNRC has triggered concerns from rights groups with more than 40 lakh peopleexcluded from the draft NRC.

Assam BJP Spokesperson, Mominul Awal,however, said that Hajela has been dictated in the whole NRC updation worksaying that the BJP wants an error-free NRC for a better future of theindigenous people of the state.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court onTuesday has also extended the deadline of final publication of NRC from July 31to August 31.

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