GUWAHATI, July 30: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday congratulated all stakeholders for making the complete draft NRC (National Register of Citizens) possible “as an impartial process” and appealed to one and all for maintaining peace and communal harmony. He also added that nobody would be allowed to create lawlessness in the post-publication phase of the draft NRC.
Addressing media persons here, Sonowal said: “The entire NRC work has been done in a totally transparent environment under the directives and monitoring of the Supreme Court and cooperation of the Registrar General of India, the Central and State Governments as well as the public in general.”
Pointing out that the NRC as published on Monday was “just a draft”, Sonowal stated that “there would be ample opportunities and time for the concerned persons to go for claims and objections in the next phases.” The remaining part of the NRC would also be carried out under the monitoring of the Supreme Court, Chief Minister Sonowal said.
“We expect that the public would demonstrate the same enthusiasm and extend to the authorities their support as they have been rendering till the final NRC is published,” Chief Minister Sonowal said, pointing out that “the masses cutting across caste, creed, and colour have wholeheartedly supported the NRC draft work.”
“I hope that with the Supreme Court’s direction, the NRC would be able to prepare the final flawless NRC to include names of all genuine Indian citizens,” said Sonowal.
“Our government has held a series of discussions with different organizations and it is with everyone’s cooperation that the state government has been able to come up with the first complete draft NRC,” said Sonowal, adding that “the government is committed to maintaining peace and ensuring the legitimate rights of all genuine Indian citizens living in the state.”
When asked about the sharp reaction of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with reference to the draft NRC leaving out of its ambit over 40 lakh people, Chief Minister Sonowal said: “All in Assam like to stay together amicably. Provocative statements cannot vitiate the age-old amity and fraternity among the people of Assam.”
Replying to a query as to the possibility of the vested interests manipulating the 40 lakh of people whose names have been left out of the published draft NRC, Chief Minister Sonowal said: “Nobody should believe in false news and heresy.”
The Assam government on Monday published the first complete draft of the NRC which included the names of 2,89,83,677 people out of the total 3,29,91,384 people who have applied for inclusion of their names in the document.
According to the statistics given by the government, names of 40,07,707 people were left out of the NRC.