GUWAHATI, Nov 14 - Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said the Chief Justice of India (CJI), Ranjan Gogoi, should have not have entrusted so much responsibility on Prateek Hajela for the NRC update exercise, and should also have relied more on the Registrar General of India (RGI).
Terming the final NRC as not error-free, the senior Congress leader alleged that this has come about as the entire responsibility had been entrusted upon Hajela.
�The NRC is full of errors. Names of many genuine Indian citizens have been left out. The future of these 19 lakh people excluded from the NRC is totally uncertain now,� Gogoi said.
Terming Hajela as a �junior officer�, Gogoi added that the apex court should have relied more on the RGI.
The three-time Chief Minister said that people of the State expected an error-free NRC as the CJI himself is a native of Assam.
Gogoi also questioned the CJI for allowing Hajela to leave the State before ensuring that the �NRC was fully correct�.
He said the CJI did not order a review of the NRC after receiving complaints from various political parties and stakeholders. The former Chief Minister had written to Ranjan Gogoi as well, seeking revision of the NRC.
The Congress stalwart accused the BJP-led State and the Central governments of not being serious regarding the NRC exercise.
He said that though the State government has appointed a new NRC Coordinator as the replacement for Hajela, the concerned official is yet to formally take charge.
�This shows that the government lacks sincerity. Is the Chief Minister even aware about what is going on?� he said, remarking that the Chief Minister seems more interested in organising cultural and religious events.
Gogoi alleged that the ruling BJP is looking to introduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB.
�That is why Amit Shah has suddenly become silent on the NRC issue,� said the former Chief Minister.