Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday termed the BJP government’s execution of the National Register of Citizens in Assam tardy.
Amid reports that the names of many Indian citizens are missing in the draft National Register of Citizens, Rahul said that the whole exercise is leading to insecurity among the people in Assam. The government should resolve the crisis in Assam at the earliest, he said.
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Rahul also asked Congress members to help maintain peace and help those, irrespective of their caste, religion or group, against whom “injustice” was done in the draft NRC.
He said, in a Facebook post, that the NRC was started by the UPA under Manmohan Singh to fulfil the commitment made in the 1985 Assam Accord.
“However, the manner in which this exercise has been undertaken by the BJP Governments at the Centre and in Assam leaves much to be desired,” he said.
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“There are reports pouring in from all corners of Assam of Indian citizens finding their names missing in the draft NRC, creating massive insecurity in the state. Clearly, after spending close to Rs 1,200 crore, the execution of this critical and highly sensitive exercise has been tardy. The Government must move swiftly to resolve this crisis,” he added.
Over 40 lakh people in Assam have been left out from the the NRC, which is being prepared to identify illegal migrants in the state.
The Congress has demanded that government convene an immediate all-party meeting to address the issue.
(With PTI inputs)