GUWAHATI, May 9 - Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today expressed apprehension that the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) will not be error-free, alleging that things are happening at the �behest of the RSS� with regard to the ongoing updating process of the register.
Addressing the media here, Gogoi said that the BJP-led government is not interested in bringing out an error-free document for its own political benefits. �The final NRC will not be error-free. It is going to be a wasteful exercise, because what the BJP wants is the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Both the documents cannot be implemented simultaneously,� he said.
Gogoi said that at a time when the entire country is going through the Lok Sabha elections, there has been a discernable lack of interest on the part of the State government and the Union Home Ministry regarding the ongoing NRC updating process.
He said that though the NRC updating exercise is being undertaken under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court, the manpower used at the ground level is that of the State government staff.
Gogoi pointed to the alleged fake objections that have cropped up against inclusion of names at various places across the State and said that such things are happening at the behest of the RSS.
He said the BJP should have appealed to the Supreme Court to hold the NRC updating process and implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill if the ruling party is really serious about its agenda.
�The Government of India is playing a double game. It says one thing, but does something else,� he alleged.
The former Chief Minister claimed that the BJP will lose the Lok Sabha elections and the only way that the ruling party can return to power is by tampering with the EVMs.
�Narendra Modi�s days as Prime Minister are drawing to an end. He is sure to go. The BJP will lose unless they go in for tampering of EVMs. And that is what the opposition parties suspect,� Gogoi said.
He said that the BJP would lose badly in Uttar Pradesh along with other places in the Hindi belt as well as in south India, while the Congress would improve its tally in many states, including Assam. �Even (BJP national general secretary) Ram Madhav has hinted that the BJP is losing,� Gogoi said.
He also came down heavily on Prime Minister Modi for the latter�s frequent reference to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi during election campaigns in recent days.
�The Prime Minister should maintain the dignity of his office. What is the need to bring in Rajiv Gandhi�s name here? He died 28 years ago and his name is being raked up for no reason,� Gogoi said.