BJP Minister says he’s not happy with only 19 lakh excluded from final NRC list, wants re-verification of list from districts bordering Bangladesh


BJP leader and Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that his party was not happy with only 19 lakh people being excluded from the National Register of Citizens, also known as the NRC. He said that more people should have been excluded from the final list of citizens prepared by the NRC.

Himanta Biswa Sarma

Taking to Twitter Sarma, who was previously with the Congress, said, “Names of many Indian citizens who migrated from Bangladesh as refugees prior to 1971 have not been included in the NRC because authorities refused to accept refugee certificates. Many names got included because of manipulation of legacy data as alleged by many.”

His subsequent tweet on the same topic read, “I reiterate that as requested by Central and State governments at least 20% reverification (bordering districts) and 10% re-verification(remaining districts) should be allowed by Honble Apex court for a correct and fair NRC.”

He later told Aaj Tak that his party had approached the Supreme Court asking for mandatory re-verification of 20% names included in the draft NRC list released last year. Both the Centre and the state’s BJP government had approached the Supreme Court with their demand for re-verification of 20% names particularly from those districts that share a border with Bangladesh. But the top court had dismissed their petition.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi has said that a large section of the population in Assam was unhappy with the NRC. He wrote on Twitter, “Every section of Assam is unhappy with the status of NRC. Even BJP ministers are complaining. Careless implementation that many genuine Indian citizens will have to unnecessarily face the courts. Congress will provide all help. Nation above politics is our motto.”

His father and former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that many Indians had been excluded from the NRC list since many foreigners had been included. He asked the BJP to explain the faulty NRC list.

The final NRC on Assam was published on Saturday with a total of 3,11,21,004 persons being found eligible for inclusion in the final NRC leaving out 19,06,657 persons including those who did not submit their claims. The NRC coordinator said that those not satisfied with the outcome can file an appeal before the Foreigners Tribunals.


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