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GUWAHATI, July 30 - The Congress today cast aspersions on the final draft NRC, saying the objective of a correct list of Indian citizens did not get reflected in it. The party said the figure of 40 lakh names not figuring in the NRC was a huge and unrealistic number and that most of those were Indian citizens.

�Many expected that today a correct NRC would be published. But that has not been done. Unfortunately, the original objective of the NRC remains unfulfilled. In the past various political parties threw about random figures of lakhs of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants,� senior Congress leader and three-time Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.

Gogoi said even after crores of rupees having been spent in updating the NRC, the BJP government till today has not given any actual figure of foreigners in Assam. �The BJP is saying that those excluded need not fear. They will be allowed to file claims and corrections. This is proof that the BJP itself admits that genuine Indians are being excluded. If they are foreigners why are they being allowed to file claims. They should be identified and corrective action taken,� he argued.

Congress State president Ripun Bora shared a tweet from Congress national president Rahul Gandhi which said. �Surprised to see that approx 40 lakh people are dropped from the final draft of NRC. Intensive revision of voters list in 1985 and 1997 showed only 3.5 lakh D voters, then how another 36.5 lakh people were dropped. It seems BJP is trying to play politics of polarisation.�

The AGP, while welcoming the NRC final draft as a historic occasion and something that vindicated the six-year Assam Agitation, said it would open �legal help cells� for assisting those �genuine Indian citizens whose names might have got dropped in the updating process.�

In a statement, AGP president Atul Bora said the final draft was also a validation of the supreme sacrifices of 855 martyrs of the Assam Agitation and also a justification of the Assamese people�s long-standing demands on the issue of cross-border influx from Bangladesh.

The AIUDF also expressed surprise at the omission of 40 lakh names from the final draft, saying that could be the result of anomalies in the updating process. �Forty lakh is not a small thing. Anomalies could be there. We will help to raise and settle their claims and objections � especially of poor people irrespective of their religion � through legal means,� AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal said.

He said the NRC should not contain the name of a single foreigner but at the same time, it should not leave out any genuine Indian�s name. �The long-pending issue of illegal foreigners in Assam must be resolved once and for all. We thank the Supreme Court for taking this much-needed step,� he said.

BJP Assam Pradesh termed the final and complete draft publication of the NRC as a historic occasion and said the BJP-led State government discharged its national responsibility with great commitment and devotion.

BJP State chief Ranjeet Dass said in a statement the NRC updating being carried out under supervision of the SC would pave the way for resolution of a burning issue of the State, i.e., the issue of cross-border infiltration from Bangladesh. �Those whose names have not figured in the list due to any discrepancies would get ample opportunity to redress their grievances. So there is no need for any panic,� he said.

The CPI (M) Assam State Committee said there were lots of anomalies in preparation of the draft NRC, which had also resulted in a large number of women who had submitted panchayat certificates as linkage documents, being left out.

�This is despite the fact that the Supreme Court declared the panchayat certificate as a valid document. A lot of women are left out of the draft without proper�field verification. A large number of applicants who deposited ration cards as supporting documents were reportedly rejected. It is unfortunate that even people with own legacy data are left out of the draft. Some members of a single family who used the same legacy are surprisingly not included in the NRC draft,� Deben Bhattacharya, secretary, Assam State Committee, CPI (M) said.

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GUWAHATI, July 30 - The Congress today cast aspersions on the final draft NRC, saying the objective of a correct list of Indian citizens did not get reflected in it. The party said the figure of 40 lakh names not figuring in the NRC was a huge and unrealistic number and that most of those were Indian citizens.

�Many expected that today a correct NRC would be published. But that has not been done. Unfortunately, the original objective of the NRC remains unfulfilled. In the past various political parties threw about random figures of lakhs of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants,� senior Congress leader and three-time Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.

Gogoi said even after crores of rupees having been spent in updating the NRC, the BJP government till today has not given any actual figure of foreigners in Assam. �The BJP is saying that those excluded need not fear. They will be allowed to file claims and corrections. This is proof that the BJP itself admits that genuine Indians are being excluded. If they are foreigners why are they being allowed to file claims. They should be identified and corrective action taken,� he argued.

Congress State president Ripun Bora shared a tweet from Congress national president Rahul Gandhi which said. �Surprised to see that approx 40 lakh people are dropped from the final draft of NRC. Intensive revision of voters list in 1985 and 1997 showed only 3.5 lakh D voters, then how another 36.5 lakh people were dropped. It seems BJP is trying to play politics of polarisation.�

The AGP, while welcoming the NRC final draft as a historic occasion and something that vindicated the six-year Assam Agitation, said it would open �legal help cells� for assisting those �genuine Indian citizens whose names might have got dropped in the updating process.�

In a statement, AGP president Atul Bora said the final draft was also a validation of the supreme sacrifices of 855 martyrs of the Assam Agitation and also a justification of the Assamese people�s long-standing demands on the issue of cross-border influx from Bangladesh.

The AIUDF also expressed surprise at the omission of 40 lakh names from the final draft, saying that could be the result of anomalies in the updating process. �Forty lakh is not a small thing. Anomalies could be there. We will help to raise and settle their claims and objections � especially of poor people irrespective of their religion � through legal means,� AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal said.

He said the NRC should not contain the name of a single foreigner but at the same time, it should not leave out any genuine Indian�s name. �The long-pending issue of illegal foreigners in Assam must be resolved once and for all. We thank the Supreme Court for taking this much-needed step,� he said.

BJP Assam Pradesh termed the final and complete draft publication of the NRC as a historic occasion and said the BJP-led State government discharged its national responsibility with great commitment and devotion.

BJP State chief Ranjeet Dass said in a statement the NRC updating being carried out under supervision of the SC would pave the way for resolution of a burning issue of the State, i.e., the issue of cross-border infiltration from Bangladesh. �Those whose names have not figured in the list due to any discrepancies would get ample opportunity to redress their grievances. So there is no need for any panic,� he said.

The CPI (M) Assam State Committee said there were lots of anomalies in preparation of the draft NRC, which had also resulted in a large number of women who had submitted panchayat certificates as linkage documents, being left out.

�This is despite the fact that the Supreme Court declared the panchayat certificate as a valid document. A lot of women are left out of the draft without proper�field verification. A large number of applicants who deposited ration cards as supporting documents were reportedly rejected. It is unfortunate that even people with own legacy data are left out of the draft. Some members of a single family who used the same legacy are surprisingly not included in the NRC draft,� Deben Bhattacharya, secretary, Assam State Committee, CPI (M) said.

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