“Lost Hope In NRC’s Present Form”, says Assam Minister Himanta Sarma

Himanta Biswa Sarma

Guwahati | Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has questioned the government that how can it claim the NRC is a ‘red letter’ for the Assamese society.

“We have lost hope in the present form of the NRC right after the draft. When so many genuine Indians are out, then how can you claim that this document is a red letter for the Assamese society,” Mr Sarma told local reporters this morning before the list was released.

“In districts bordering Bangladesh, like South Salmara and Dhubri, the rate of exclusion is the lowest and in Bhumiputra district, it’s high. How it can be? We are not interested in this NRC anymore,” he said.

“NRC is no quarter final, semi-final and final for driving out Bangladeshis…wait a while and you will see more finals under the BJP regime”, he added.

Expressing disappointment at the NRC he alleged on Twitter that a number of people were included in the final NRC list because of “manipulation” of legacy data.

He wrote, “Names of many Indian citizens who migrated from Bangladesh as refugees prior to 1971 have not been included in the NRC because authorities refused to accept refugee certificates. Many names got included because of manipulation of legacy data as alleged by many”.

“I reiterate that as requested by Central and State governments at least 20% reverification (bordering districts) and 10% re-verification(remaining districts) should be allowed by Honble Apex court for a correct and fair NRC”, he added.

The Assam government today released the final list of the NRC in which more than 19 lakh people have been left out. Of the 3.29 crore people who applied for NRC, a total of 3.11 crore have made it to the final NRC list.

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