NEW DELHI, April 21 - Questioning the silence of Sarbananda Sonowal Government, the State Congress today expressed the apprehension that Assam was heading for serious trouble following the series of developments concerning the update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora referred to yesterday�s development in the Supreme Court concerning the possibility of the Central Government discarding the ration cards as supplementary proof of citizenship and said that though several NGOs and some political parties have taken up the issue, the Government of Assam is silent.
�First, the Gauhati High Court discarded the panchayat certificate and now, it is the ration card,� rued Bora who alleged that the State Government wants to slow down the NRC update works. �The BJP government�s main intention is to ensure citizenship to the Bengali Hindu migrants,� he said, adding, �Assam will witness fresh turmoil, if the State Government continues with its current policy.�
As reported, the Central Government in its affidavit in the Supreme Court has said that it is considering the reliability of the ration card as proof of citizenship for the purpose of updating NRC. The government counsel, however, added that the matter was under consideration and no final decision has been taken as yet.