From a Correspondent
New Delhi, Nov 13: The Centre on Monday assured Assam government of providing all support to maintain peace and harmony in the State ahead of publication of draft NRC.
The assurance was given when Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his cabinet colleagues called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Monday.
After the meeting, Chief Minister Sonowal told mediapersons that he had conveyed to the Union Home Minister the State government’s preparedness in terms of post-NRC publication. The Chief Minister also allayed fears that genuine citizens’ names would be left out from the updated NRC. “The Assam government has accorded all possible support for the preparation of a flawless NRC,” he said.
Sonowal, however, said that some communal forces and anti-socials are trying to create confusion “among our people” over NRC. “We will take stern action against them,” he asserted. He was reacting over Jamiat Ulema e-Hind chief Maulana Asad Madani’s statement that Assam could become another Myanmar.
In a public meeting on NRC held in the national capital on Monday, Madani said that if the people having panchayat certificate are not included in NRC, it will be an injustice like the one being perpetrated on Rohingyas in Myanmar.
“This (Assam) is a land of Sankar- Madhav, Ajan Fakir, Lachit Barphukan, Bagh Hazarika. Stringent action will be taken against all communal forces,” Sonowal warned.
The meeting that took place in Rajnath Singh’s residence continued for almost one-and-half hours. The Chief Minister’s cabinet colleagues, including Himanta Biswa Sharma, Atul Bora, Parimal Suklabadya, Ranjit Dutta and Assam Chief Secretary Vinod Kumar Pipersenia were also present in the meeting.
“Both the Central and State governments are taking strong steps for NRC,” said Sonowal.
Sonowal also discussed the issue of territorial integrity of Assam in the context of Nagalim issue. “We discussed a host of issues including the ongoing NRC updation process and Naga framework agreement. Not even a single inch of Assam will go to Nagalim. The territorial integrity of Assam would not be compromised at any cost in view of Naga Framework Agreement and the government is committed to maintain peace and harmony in the Northeastern region. Assam’s map would remain the same and dignity of the people of the State would be upheld,” he assured.