Silchar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah did not comment directly on the updated NRC to accept or reject it. The Centre would not interfere with it as it was updated under the direct supervision of the Apex Court. But, he did express his displeasure by hinting Assam would have another NRC when all other states go for the massive exercise, though no specific date was mentioned. He is reported to have conveyed it to the 10 member BJP delegation from Barak Valley led by senior most party leader Kabindra Purkayastha. MP Dr Rajdeep Roy, who also met the Union Home Minister at Guwahati, shared this information with The Sentinel over telephone. Another NRC would ensure that the names of Bangladeshis do not figure or creep into it.
Amit Shah was aware about the serious resentment prevailing among the indigenous people and the genuine Indian citizens who despite their bonafides have not found place in the final list whereas a large number of Bangladeshis could make it happen, Dr Roy said. It was also on record that APW which moved the Apex Court for NRC update is not happy with the final outcome. AASU has also expressed its reservations.
The Union Home Minister was posted with the information of 13 lakh Hindu Bengalis left out of the total 19 lakh in the final list. Not only Hindu Bengalis, many sons of the soil, Koch Rajbongshis, Garos, Reangs and other tribes have been left out. BJP delegation called it a serious development as they bank on the party and support it. According to Dr Rajdeep Roy, Amit Shah during his discussion with the delegation did not spell out any immediate corrective measures in regard to the NRC.
But, he gave enough hint to say that Citizens’ Amendment Bill would be placed in the winter session of Parliament. Its ambit would cover the displaced Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Parsis from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, the victims of religious and political persecution. The Bill after its enactment would provide protection to them. The Centre would take all stake holders into confidence before the Bill is tabled, Amit Shah told the delegation.