NEW DELHI, Aug 6 - Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today challenged the BJP to bring out a �white paper� on deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants and measures taken to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Addressing media at the Press Club of India here, Gogoi raised questions on the BJP stand on the NRC and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. �If you are for NRC, how can you support the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016? How can the two go together,� Gogoi asked.
�If the Bill is passed, the NRC will become a waste,� Gogoi said, adding that he would like to urge BJP national president Amit Shah to advise the NDA government at the Centre to withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The former Chief Minister also was critical of the AGP, which, he said, had the full opportunity to repeal the IM(DT) Act. �The regional party was in power for two terms, but it did not press for repeal of the IM(DT) Act,� he said, adding, even in 1985, when the Accord was being signed, the Assam leaders did not press for its repeal.
Gogoi also described �baseless� the WikiLeaks revelations that he proposed to introduce a new Bill when the Supreme Court repealed the IM(DT) Act. Reiterating that the 2016 electoral rolls should be the basis for the NRC, Gogoi claimed that the final draft was most defective and full of leakages. He also alleged that the BJP has hijacked the NRC issue, stating that 80 per cent of the work was done during the Congress regime.