By Kanak Dewri
KHERONI, Aug 5: Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) on Sunday demanded that the bonafide Indian Gorkhas must find their names in the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
The final draft of the NRC that has excluded about one lakh Gorkhas from the list has evoked mixed reactions from the community in the northeast.
“The Gorkhas living in Assam have to face many problems. Most of the Gorkhas have been recognised as D voters and many of them have to face trial in Foreigners Tribunals. We say every Gorkha who is a bonafide citizen of India must find his/her name in the NRC,” BGP national working president Dr. Munish Tamang told reporters here on Sunday.
“A delegation of BGP will meet Register General of India (RGI) Sailesh Singh and state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela to discuss the modalities that are favourable for bonafide Indian Gorkhas in view of the Supreme Court’s instruction to evolve modalities for claims and objections,” Tamang said.
There are about 2.5 million Gorkhas in Assam. “The NRC is a move to drive away Gorkhas. It is time to be on the alert. The BJP is now trying to conduct a similar exercise in Assam,” Tamang added.
Tamang also said that Gorkhas in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh have been in difficulties due to passage of Manipur People’s Bill, 2018, and the issue of permanent resident certificates (PRC) for Gorkhas in Arunachal Pradesh.
BGP held its three-day-long national executive meeting here which concluded on Sunday. More than 100 delegates from various states of the country took part in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Bhaskar Dahal, the senior most general secretary of Assam Gorkha Sammelan (AGS) and Prem Tamang, the president of All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU) said that the exclusion of about 0.1 million Gorkhas from the final draft of the NRC was due to some minor errors in the titles of the applicants.
AGS and AAGSU are the two most influential bodies of the Gorkhas in the state. “There is ample time to submit one’s claims and objections in Assam,” Dahal said.
“We are confident that most of the Gorkhas whose names were omitted will finally make it in the NRC,” AAGSU president Prem Tamang said.
Hindi Bhashis names excluded
Meanwhile, two Hindi-speaking people’s organisations- Hindi Bhashi Chatra Sangathan and Hindi Bhashi Sanstha expressed resentment at the final draft NRC as a large number of people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh origin are not included in the draft.
Addressing a press conference at Mailoo here on Sunday, leaders of the two organisations- Hindi Bhashi Chatra Sangathan and Hindi Bhashi Sanstha, who declined to be identified by their position in the organisation they represent, said that they are genuine Indian citizens from Bihar and UP. They have submitted legacy data that included documents from Sarkari Goanburas.
Large number of Hindi Bhashis under Kheroni Police Station area were not included in the NRC. This is due to the callousness of the government employees at NSKs of Jengkha, Kheroni and Hawaipur said leaders of Hindi Bhashi Sangtha Rajkumar Chauhan, Ram Janam Chauhan and Triluki Tiwari and Hindi Bhashi Chatra Sanstha leaders Shivji Chauhan and Ashok Chauhan.