Former Assam Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi came down heavily on Union Home Minister Amit Shah after the latter said in the parliament that, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented nationwide.
“These are tactics to divert attention from real issues like unemployment, economic slow-down. The BJP-led Central government or the Home Minister has failed in preparing an error-free NRC for a state like Assam which have a population of only 3 crore. How can the people of the country expect that Shah will be able to prepare an NRC for entire India, wherein the population is almost 130 crore?,” said Gogoi while addressing a presser in Guwahati on November 22nd, 2019.
He added, “First and foremost, Shah must tell on what grounds the recently published NRC will be scrapped. When the first draft of the NRC was published, the BJP took all the credit and promised to detect and deport 40 lakh illegal foreigners. Only Prateek Hajela cannot be held responsible for failing to publish an error-free and illegal foreigners-free NRC.”
Welcoming the Centre’s stand after that the NRC will be implemented nationwide, the Assam government has requested the Centre to reject the recently published NRC in the current form and include the state in the national NRC. Assam Finance Minister and North East Democratic Alliance convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the Assam NRC has failed to address the aspirations of people and therefore should be scrapped.
Gogoi also said that the cases of D-voter should be tried in the fast-track courts. “The NRC will turn out to be futile once they (BJP) implement Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Assam Accord will also turn null and void. Instead of preparing a fresh NRC in Assam, they can rectify the mistakes,” said Gogoi, who was the chief minister of Assam between 2001 and 2006.