SILCHAR, Dec 2 - Amidst the rising instances of protests and uproar across the State on the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), BJP state president Ranjit Dass has reiterated the claim that names of the people which featured in the complete draft of the NRC are of Indians and there is no reason for any hue and cry.
Addressing the media here on Sunday during his visit to Barak Valley to campaign for the party ahead of the second phase of Panchayat elections, Dass said that BJP will come out unchallenged in the panchayat polls and there is no party close enough. �The panchayat elections will witness people of Assam caste votes on the basis of logical judgements instead of emotional appeals,� Dass maintained.
Interestingly, Dass was scathing in his criticism of their ally Asom Gana Parishad, especially for its role in opposing the Government on the Bill.
�If the AGP leadership is ready to march with us in building Assam on the path of development, we are open for friendship. But it goes on with the notion that around 1.9 crore Bengali Hindus would pose a threat to the culture and identity of Assam, the arguments cannot be accepted and are condemnable,� the president stated adding that at this point it is highly unwise to divide people on language as many Bengali-speaking people residing in the State for many many years have accepted the Assamese culture and tradition.
Further, taking a potshot at the Congress party, Dass said that the party leadership is largely divisive on its stance on the Bill and is busy in fooling the people.