The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh said there were flaws in the National Register of Citizens in Assam and urged the government to remove these before moving forward but welcomed the process.
“The final list of the NRC is only a list. It’s not law…. There are some errors and mistakes in it and so the government should remove those and then move forward,” RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said.
“There are a large number of illegal migrants from Bangladesh who are settled in Assam and over the years they have managed to secure documents like ration cards, voter cards, and Aadhaar cards…. This has made the issue very complex,” Hosabale said, after a three-day annual meet of affiliated outfits.
The state government carried out the exercise on the directive of the court in “nischit samay” (stipulated time), he said. “The state government’s request for more time was not granted by the court,” Hosabale added, appearing to suggest that errors crept in because of the limited time.
BJP general secretary Ram Madhav briefed the closed-door meeting on the NRC. Concerns were raised at the exclusion of only 19 lakh people — the BJP had hoped for around 40 lakh — and a large chunk of them being Hindus. The RSS urged the government to get the citizenship bill passed to ensure Hindus left out of the NRC can get citizenship.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Monday said there are “some errors” in the final list of National Register of Citizens in Assam and the government should remove those before moving forward, but asserted that the exercise is a welcome step.
Concerns were raised at the RSS’ three-day annual coordination meeting with its affiliates on the first day of the meet on Saturday over several genuine people being left out of the final list of the NRC in Assam, majority of whom they claimed are Hindus, sources said.
Addressing the press conference in Pushkar on the final day of the Sangh’s coordination meeting, RSS’ joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale described NRC as a “complicated and a complex issue” as names of many Bangladeshi illegal immigrants are in the voters list.