Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said the Assam NRC prepared under the supervision of Supreme Court by state coordinator Prateek Hajela has failed to fulfil the aspirations the people of Assam, and it should be scrapped. Sarma said the state government has requested the Centre to reject the recently published National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Addressing a press conference, the senior BJP leader said even the party has urged Union Home minster Amit Shah to dismiss the NRC in the current form. "The Assam government has not accepted the NRC. Government of Assam and BJP have requested the Home Minister to reject the NRC," he added.
Sarma said the state government favoured one national NRC with one cut-off year for the entire country.
"There were various lacunae that we've already pointed out. Various social organisations of Assam have filed petitions in the Supreme Court seeking review of the present process. We are of the view the present NRC should be scrapped and we should be part of national the NRC process. Assam state BJP and government are of the opinion that the NRC prepared under the supervision of Supreme Court by state coordinator Prateek Hajela has failed to fulfil the aspirations the people of Assam," Sarma said.
"If the cut-off year is 1971, then it should be the same for all states... We are not asking to scrap the Assam Accord," he added.