GUWAHATI, Sept 1 - Welcoming the NRC publication as a crucial and positive step towards resolving the vexed issue of illegal Bangladeshi migrants, the Asom Songrami Mancha today said the BJP is trying to politicise the issue for its narrow political agenda and that all right-thinking sections should reject such divisive ploys of the party.
�The NRC is the first positive, crucial and concrete outcome after the Assam Movement. It has been made possible due to the initiative of the Supreme Court and the general political consensus in Assam for having an NRC. The government machinery too played a big role in the NRC update process. This NRC will have long-term implications in addressing the foreigners issue, and as such, any outright rejection of the document smacks of vested interests,� Mancha president Diganta Konwar and working president Adip Kumar Phukan said in a statement.
Stating that discontent among some sections over alleged inclusion of illegal migrants in the NRC was not unusual, the Mancha said such disgruntlement should not be a ground for rejecting the NRC as a whole.
�The update exercise was a huge one that involved many complications but it is historic that such an official document has seen the light of the day after 40 years of the beginning of the Assam Movement and 34 years after signing of the Assam Accord. This marks the first time that a positive beginning has been made in the matter of addressing the foreigners� issue. Any outright rejection of the NRC will push Assam into perpetual chaos,� it added.
It alleged that the BJP is seeking to reject the NRC because the saffron party is hell-bent on accommodating the illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh as Indian citizens.
�We urge all concerned to treat the NRC as a historic beginning towards resolving the foreigners� issue and work concertedly towards that end. Errors, if any, in the NRC can be rectified but rejection of the document will not serve any purpose other than complicating the issue further,� it said.
The Mancha said all the major political parties had been in power in both the State and the Centre after 1985 but none took any positive steps to resolve the Bangladeshi issue, including sealing of the porous Indo-Bangla border.