GUWAHATI, July 1 � The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh on Tuesday came down heavily on the Congress government on the issue of NRC update.
The party said that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is playing with the sovereignty of the country by trying to protect the illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators.
�Gogoi�s statement that the electoral roll of 2014 be considered as one of the additional documents for enrolling names in the NRC is nothing but compromising our sovereignty for the sake of mere vote bank politics,� said Shiladitya Dev, State spokesperson of BJP.
Dev said that recently the State government had taken a Cabinet decision to provide citizenship to the Hindu migrants from Bangladesh since they were victims of religious persecution but the same was not forwarded to the Union Home Ministry.
�This is nothing but blackmail tactics of the Gogoi government. Whenever election approaches, the Congress starts playing such gimmicks. Actually the Congress is not serious about Hindu migrants who became victims of partition and were subsequently tortured by the Islamic State of Bangladesh,� said Dev.
The BJP leader also said that Gogoi is trying to divert people�s attention from the failure of his government in implementation of the Central schemes and all-round development of the State, by engaging people to run from pillar to post in proving their legacy data and Indian citizenship.
�Under Gogoi�s instruction the State government officials engaged in updating NRC are being non cooperative. Even though the NRC criteria says that a person who has his name in 1971 electoral roll will be able to include his name in the NRC, it has now turned out to be a trap for the Hindu migrants,� alleged Dev.
Mentioning the case of one Tarun Majumder, son of Nani Gopal Majumder of Hojai, Dev said that the developments have raised doubts about the role of the State government. �The judgement in case no. FT/H/3908/2012 on 23 April, 2015 said that Tarun Majumder has been declared a foreigner of 1.1.1966 to 25.03.1971 stream, even though he was born in Hojai and his grandfather�s name appears in the electoral roll of 1971,� pointed out Dev.
The State BJP has urged the Gogoi Govt to refrain from such blackmail politics and instead find better solutions so that genuine Indian citizens are not harassed in filling the NRC form.