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Ex-Assam CM: Govt promised to update NRC in 1985

  • Published at 07:40 pm August 15th, 2018
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On July 30, the draft of NRC update list was published, excluding over 4 million people

Former chief minister of Assam Prafulla Kumar Mahanta has said the government of India promised to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) when signing the Assam Accord in 1985, but no follow-up action was taken.

 “The demand for updating the NRC of 1951 was first raised by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in a letter to the then Indian prime minister on January 18, 1980. I signed the letter as the union’s president. The union also submitted a memorandum on the issue to the prime minister on February 2, 1980,” Prafulla told reporters in Guwahati on Monday.

AASU is the student wing of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which is now the ruling BJP’s ally in Assam.

“After AGP came to power in 1985, efforts were made to initiate the process of updating the NRC,” the former Assam chief minister said.

“However, the central government was ignorant to our demands,” he added.

Prafulla said it would not be possible to resolve the problem of infiltration by foreigners unless the government forcefully takes up the issue with Bangladeshi.

The Assam Accord was signed during the tenure of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, when India was celebrating its 39th Independence Day on August 15, 1985. 

Prafulla was a signatory to the accord as AASU president. He also led a six-year long agitation against “foreigners,” which resulted in the signing of the treaty. 

On July 30, the Assam government published the draft of NRC update list, which excluded over 4 million people.