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NRC Update: All Political Parties Offer Legal Aid to Genuine Indians in Assam

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, July 30: While welcoming the publication of final draft NRC, all political parties have expressed concern at the exclusion of 40 lakh names from the list. The parties have also decided to open legal cells to help the Indian citizens in this regard.

BJP: The Sarbananda Sonowal-led Government has been able to “successfully accomplish the onerous responsibility of bringing out the draft NRC with the help of all stakeholders and under the supervision of the Supreme Court”, stated State BJP president Ranjit Kumar Das. “It would pave the path for the solution of a major issue confronting the people of the State,” Das said.

The BJP leader also said that “there should not be apprehension among the people whose names have been left out from the draft NRC, as there would be ample opportunities for claims and objections.” He further appealed to party workers to help the genuine Indians who might be facing such a situation.
AGP: The ongoing process of NRC preparation would create a secure environment for the genuine citizens of the country, stated AGP president Atul Bora. “It will make a secure Assam. The final draft NRC has justified the Assam Agitation against the foreign nationals. The efforts of the AGP to carry out campaigns against the foreign nationals both within and outside the Parliament and Legislative Assembly have paved results,” Bora said. “The party would be creating legal cells at the district level to help those genuine Indian citizens whose names have been left out of the final draft NRC,” the AGP leader added. It may be mentioned that the AGP offered its respects to the martyrs of Assam Agitation at the party office immediately after the publication of the final draft NRC.

Congress: Leader of Opposition, Assam Legislative Assembly, Debabrata Saikia welcomed the publication of the NRC stating that “a major step has been taken towards the publication of an error-free final NRC”. The Congress will form legal cells at district and mandal levels to help the Indian citizens whose names may have been left out of the final draft NRC. “I believe that among the 40 lakh people whose names have been left out, there are Indian citizens as well. More names should be included in the list in the subsequent phases,” Saikia said.

The leader of the Opposition also pointed out that the Congress would extend support to the Government when it takes action against the people who would be identified as foreign nationals.

AIDUF: Welcoming the publication of the final draft NRC, AIDUF president Badruddin Ajmal, however, said that “excluding the names of 40 lakh people from the final draft NRC is a serious issue”. Pointing out that “the AIDUF has always demanded that no foreigner should be allowed to remain in Assam”, Ajmal added: “The AIDUF will offer legal assistance to the genuine Indians in the subsequent phases of the NRC.”