A flurry of reactions on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update have been pouring in from politicians of Assam.
Speaking to reporters at the Silchar District Library on January 8, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) Chief Advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said: “The Assam Accord alone can resolve the foreigners' issue.”
The AASU and the central government inked the accord in 1985 to detect, delete and deport "illegal migrants" from the state.
Samujjal also spoke against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 brought forth by the central government in Parliament for granting citizenship to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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He said: “The people of Assam are now seeking a permanent solution to the burning conundrum over the foreigner’s issue. More than 30 years have passed since the signing of the Assam Accord. However, the problem still persists.
“The NRC draft list was able to be published owing to instructions from the Supreme Court. Many leading lights have found their names missing from the list. Even my family is excluded from it.
"But there is nothing to panic. If any person with valid documents finds his/her name missing from the final NRC update list, AASU will take steps to help them out regarding the inclusion of their names.”
The NRC list was first published in 1951, he said, adding: "The foreigners' issue wouldn’t have arisen if the list was regularly updated."
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At the same venue, Deputy Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly Dilip Kumar Paul said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was trying to fan the flames in Assam.
“You (Mamata) are displaying enthusiasm over the Bengalis living in Assam. But how many trains have you introduced for this state previously as Union Railway Minister?” he asked.