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Modi speaking untruths regarding NRC: State Cong

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 24 - Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of speaking untruths regarding the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

In his speech at a rally in Delhi, the Prime Minister had stated that his government had never discussed anything about the NRC, apart from the register�s update in Assam.

�The Prime Minister of India uttered some shameful white lies while addressing an election rally at New Delhi on December 22.... Modi has claimed that no discussion has taken place so far regarding a pan-India NRC. What about Union Home Minister Amit Shah�s assertion both in Parliament and on social media that an all-India NRC will be prepared to drive out all �infiltrators�? Shah even mentioned a completion deadline of 2024 for the proposed NRC,� said Saikia.

He alleged that the Prime Minister has made false statements many times in the past as well. �... falsehood on Modi�s lips is nothing new. The people of Assam have witnessed how he lied about all foreigners having to pack their bag and baggage to leave Assam on the heels of the BJP coming to power in 2016; implementing the Assam Accord in �letter and spirit�; reviving the Nagaon and Cachar paper mills; bringing back all black money stashed abroad and depositing Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of each citizen, etc.,� said the Congress leader.

Saikia said Modi has claimed that the NRC update process in Assam was carried out following a directive from the Supreme Court. �This is factually wrong. Actually, although the document first prepared in 1951 is termed NRC, yet it was specific to Assam and had been prepared to identify numerous refugees who had infiltrated into Assam during the tumultuous Partition period. That particular NRC of 1951 was recently updated in Assam on the basis of the Assam Accord as per the joint decision of the then Congress-led governments at the Centre and the State and the AASU. The Supreme Court merely intervened to supervise the process due to delay in execution. As such, Modi�s claim has exposed both his ignorance and his tendency to twist facts,� said the Leader of the Opposition.

He also accused the Prime Minister of taking �falsehood to an entirely new level� by claiming that there are no detention camps or centres in India. �Himanta Biswa Sarma has tried to justify Modi�s lie with the help of more lies by claiming at a press conference yesterday that the Central government has had nothing to do with the setting up of detention camps and that such camps have been set up in Assam only on the basis of a High Court directive. The concept of setting up detention camps was first mooted in 1998, when the late (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. The Union Home Ministry issued a letter (No. 25019/3/97-F-III dated July 2, 1998) to all states and Union Territories (UTs), suggesting that such camps should be set up to restrict the movement of foreign nationals awaiting deportation. The Gauhati High Court also directed to the State government to put persons declared as foreigners by foreigner tribunals in detention camps. There were 1,145 inmates in these six camps as on July 9, 2019. According to data provided by the Government of Assam in the Assam Legislative Assembly, 28 inmates have died so far in these detention camps. Out of these only three had cited that their permanent address was in Bangladesh. The remaining 25 were residents of various areas in Assam and they died in these camps after being labelled as Bangladeshis mostly after the Sonowal government came to power in Assam,� said Saikia.

He said that three more such directives were issued to all states and UTs, in 2014, 2018 and 2019 during the tenure of the Modi government.

�The last directive was issued in January 2019, whereby all states and UTs were asked to set up at least one detention camp under their jurisdiction. This was confirmed in the Lok Sabha on July 2, 2019, by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityananda Rai. Consequently, Goa had set up one detention camp at Mapura and it is reported that similar ones are coming up in West Bengal, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Even the Sonowal government is planning to set up another 10 camps in Assam, including a large new one at Goalpara which is the size of three football fields and can accommodate 3,000 inmates. Yet, Modi has the audacity and shamelessness to say in public that no detention camp exists in India,� Saikia said.

He accused Modi and Shah of trying to subvert reality by blaming the Congress and �urban Maoists� for the protests that have erupted against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or the CAA.

�The fact is that in Assam in particular, all sections of people have hit the streets to protest against the anti-Assam CAA. Students, teachers, artistes, government employees, journalists, intellectuals, elderly men and women, et al, are organising peaceful protests which are being attended by members of the Congress and other opposition parties. There has been no sabotage of the protests by anyone based on political affiliation, neither is any peaceful protester asking the political affiliation of the person standing next to him or her,� claimed Saikia.

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Modi speaking untruths regarding NRC: State Cong

GUWAHATI, Dec 24 - Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of speaking untruths regarding the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

In his speech at a rally in Delhi, the Prime Minister had stated that his government had never discussed anything about the NRC, apart from the register�s update in Assam.

�The Prime Minister of India uttered some shameful white lies while addressing an election rally at New Delhi on December 22.... Modi has claimed that no discussion has taken place so far regarding a pan-India NRC. What about Union Home Minister Amit Shah�s assertion both in Parliament and on social media that an all-India NRC will be prepared to drive out all �infiltrators�? Shah even mentioned a completion deadline of 2024 for the proposed NRC,� said Saikia.

He alleged that the Prime Minister has made false statements many times in the past as well. �... falsehood on Modi�s lips is nothing new. The people of Assam have witnessed how he lied about all foreigners having to pack their bag and baggage to leave Assam on the heels of the BJP coming to power in 2016; implementing the Assam Accord in �letter and spirit�; reviving the Nagaon and Cachar paper mills; bringing back all black money stashed abroad and depositing Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of each citizen, etc.,� said the Congress leader.

Saikia said Modi has claimed that the NRC update process in Assam was carried out following a directive from the Supreme Court. �This is factually wrong. Actually, although the document first prepared in 1951 is termed NRC, yet it was specific to Assam and had been prepared to identify numerous refugees who had infiltrated into Assam during the tumultuous Partition period. That particular NRC of 1951 was recently updated in Assam on the basis of the Assam Accord as per the joint decision of the then Congress-led governments at the Centre and the State and the AASU. The Supreme Court merely intervened to supervise the process due to delay in execution. As such, Modi�s claim has exposed both his ignorance and his tendency to twist facts,� said the Leader of the Opposition.

He also accused the Prime Minister of taking �falsehood to an entirely new level� by claiming that there are no detention camps or centres in India. �Himanta Biswa Sarma has tried to justify Modi�s lie with the help of more lies by claiming at a press conference yesterday that the Central government has had nothing to do with the setting up of detention camps and that such camps have been set up in Assam only on the basis of a High Court directive. The concept of setting up detention camps was first mooted in 1998, when the late (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. The Union Home Ministry issued a letter (No. 25019/3/97-F-III dated July 2, 1998) to all states and Union Territories (UTs), suggesting that such camps should be set up to restrict the movement of foreign nationals awaiting deportation. The Gauhati High Court also directed to the State government to put persons declared as foreigners by foreigner tribunals in detention camps. There were 1,145 inmates in these six camps as on July 9, 2019. According to data provided by the Government of Assam in the Assam Legislative Assembly, 28 inmates have died so far in these detention camps. Out of these only three had cited that their permanent address was in Bangladesh. The remaining 25 were residents of various areas in Assam and they died in these camps after being labelled as Bangladeshis mostly after the Sonowal government came to power in Assam,� said Saikia.

He said that three more such directives were issued to all states and UTs, in 2014, 2018 and 2019 during the tenure of the Modi government.

�The last directive was issued in January 2019, whereby all states and UTs were asked to set up at least one detention camp under their jurisdiction. This was confirmed in the Lok Sabha on July 2, 2019, by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityananda Rai. Consequently, Goa had set up one detention camp at Mapura and it is reported that similar ones are coming up in West Bengal, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Even the Sonowal government is planning to set up another 10 camps in Assam, including a large new one at Goalpara which is the size of three football fields and can accommodate 3,000 inmates. Yet, Modi has the audacity and shamelessness to say in public that no detention camp exists in India,� Saikia said.

He accused Modi and Shah of trying to subvert reality by blaming the Congress and �urban Maoists� for the protests that have erupted against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or the CAA.

�The fact is that in Assam in particular, all sections of people have hit the streets to protest against the anti-Assam CAA. Students, teachers, artistes, government employees, journalists, intellectuals, elderly men and women, et al, are organising peaceful protests which are being attended by members of the Congress and other opposition parties. There has been no sabotage of the protests by anyone based on political affiliation, neither is any peaceful protester asking the political affiliation of the person standing next to him or her,� claimed Saikia.