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State govt to move SC to include voters list from 1985

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 17 - The State government will soon file an interim application in the Supreme Court seeking inclusion of voters� lists from 1985 to 2014 as additional documents for the NRC update work.

Speaking to reporters here today, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the government had filed an affidavit in this regard, but the apex court did not accept it.

�So now we are going to submit an interim application. Our stand is that all electoral rolls from 1985 to 2014 should be taken as additional document. The 1985 voters� list was prepared on the basis of the 1971 voters� list. So our stand is the same as the modalities for NRC update as the voters� list of 1985 and subsequent ones are based on the voters� list of 1971. We are not deviating from the modalities,� he said.

He said that the NRC update process is causing a lot of trouble to the people of the State and said only 16 per cent of households have so far been able to submit their NRC applications even as the July 31 deadline is nearing.

�Of the 64,01,167 households in Assam, applications have so far been received only from 11,06,881 households. Very few days are left. So we have asked for more time to complete the process and also set up more NRC centres,� Gogoi said.

Complimenting the people of the State for their eagerness to participate in the NRC update process, Gogoi said: �It is a good sign that awareness is increasing. If such awareness persists, the foreigners will not be able to come here.�

Regarding serving of notices to the brother and sister-in-law of BJP MLA Dilip Kumar Paul to appear before the Foreigners Tribunal, Gogoi said the matter is related to the 1997 voters� list.

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