NRC: Ripun fires fresh salvo at Hajela for striking out documents

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Sept 11: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president and Rajya Sabha member Ripun Bora Tuesday alleged that NRC state co-ordinator Prateek Hajela has struck out five out of 15 documents listed for inclusion of names in the final NRC succumbing to political pressures from ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“How can Prateek Hajela dare to submit an unconstitutional affidavit before the Supreme Court striking out five out of 15 listed documents?” Bora told reporters here Tuesday.

Demanding the Supreme Court to nullify the affidavit submitted by Hajela, Bora alleged, “There is secret understanding between the BJP and NRC co-ordinator.”

The five documents are 1951 NRC, electoral roll of 1971, citizenship certificate, refugee certificate before 1971 and ration card before 1971.

Lashing out at the BJP over ‘contradictory’ statements regarding NRC, the Congress leader alleged that the BJP has been playing a double-standard role since the beginning of the NRC update process. “BJP, on one hand, termed the Assam Accord as the essence of NRC, on the other hand, its national leader said that the party is committed to grant Indian citizenship to the illegal migrants by implementing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016,” Bora further said.

Being critical over BJP’s ‘false promises’, Bora said, “The BJP, which is known for its political stunt before election, has been misleading the people of the state. The BJP-led government both at the Centre and state have failed to fulfil the promises made before 2014 Lok Sabha polls and 2016 Assembly polls.”

Describing the slogan ‘jati, mati, bheti’ of the saffron party as a gimmick to polarise the votes during the last assembly polls, Bora said, “The state government is on its knee before the Centre now.”

Bora further claimed that APCC has taken a firm stand on the NRC issue since the beginning for the interest of the indigenous people of Assam.

Stating that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is power-hunger, Bora said, “If AGP is not covetous then the party should break coalition from the government immediately. There is no reason to wait anymore.”


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