While the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and All Assam Minorities Students’ Union (AAMSU) welcomed the Supreme Court’s inter-cadre transfer order of National Register of Citizens state coordinator Prateek Hajela, the Assam Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expressed their angst against Hajela for ‘unsatisfying’ results of the citizenship list.
The Assam Public Works (APW), an NGO which is one of the stakeholders in the NRC updation process also claimed that the decision to transfer the NRC coordinator was “deplorable”.
Meanwhile, Assam BJP unit chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass speaking on the transfer order argued that before his release “Hajela should submit the Rs 1,600 crore expenditure proof spent for the NRC exercise”.
The Supreme Court on October 18th, 2019 ordered the inter-cadre transfer of Hajela to Madhya Pradesh for the “maximum” period. The order was passed by a Bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde and Rohinton Nariman.
“We have to accept the Supreme Court’s order but we urge the state government to let Hajela release all the details of the expenditure made during the NRC exercise,” Dass said while speaking to Time8.
He further said, “If all the NRC works have been completed without any errors why has he been transferred? We have had made predictions earlier that names of Indian nationals will be excluded from the final NRC list and we were proved right after the list was published.”
On the other hand, marking the transfer order as “high drama”, Hojai MLA Shiladitya Dev questioned the reasons behind Hajela’s transfer to Congress-ruled Madhya Pradesh.
“Where are the ethnic groups fighting for the identity of Assam? The NRC coordinator after ruining the hopes of the people have been shifted to another state and still, these people have nothing to comment,” said the BJP legislator.
“The transfer has paved a way for Hajela to escape from his crimes in Assam. I think he has a secret understanding with some high official,” Dev added.
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