BJP failed to ‘nurse’ my NRC ‘baby’: Tarun Gogoi

Guwahati, August 13: Former three-time chief minister Tarun Gogoi slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for failing to “nurse” his National Register of Citizens (NRC) “baby” which resulted into a “defective draft” with names missing of over 40 lakh people.

He mentioned that the Congress is not opposed to the NRC but to the way it was being implemented in the state.

“The whole idea (NRC updation) took birth during my term in office. After I demitted office, the BJP failed to nurse my baby and as a result, a defective NRC draft was published on July 30,” said Gogoi.

The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final draft NRC.

“They (BJP) have always played politics over the foreigners’ issue. They are not all interested to solve the problem and will use it as a poll agenda in the next Lok Sabha. They are planning to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which is primarily aimed at sheltering more foreigners. The BJP wants to keep the issue (NRC) alive and so does its ally Asom Gana Parishad. They want to divert the attention of the people from their all-round failure,” he added.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.

He also criticised the government for not taking up the issue of deportation of the foreigners with Bangladesh.