Now, AGP to move SC

'Cong, BJP trying to create cut-off date confusion'

AGP leaders attend an iftar party at Burha (Jame) Masjid in Guwahati on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, July 16: The Opposition AGP today said it would also move the Supreme Court to ensure the indigenous people of Assam do not face any trouble owing to the ongoing update of the National Register of Citizens.

AGP president Atul Bora told mediapersons today that they would file a writ petition in the apex court before its next hearing (on July 21 and July 22) on the ongoing NRC case. The Supreme Court is monitoring the NRC update.

Bora said they would inform the court that the Congress and the BJP have allegedly hatched a conspiracy to derail the NRC update for their political advantage by creating confusion about the cut-off date.

"The NRC is being updated in Assam to solve the issue of illegal migration. For this purpose, the cut-off date fixed by the historic Assam Accord (midnight of March 24, 1971) has been used. But as the update started, the Congress and the BJP hatched a conspiracy to derail the process by creating confusion about the cut-off date," he said.

Bora said while the BJP is advocating accepting Hindu migrants as Indian citizens by "defying" the Assam Accord's cut-off date, the Congress is trying to accept all illegal migrants as Indian citizen by demanding to accept the 2014 electoral rolls as an additional document for inclusion of names in the NRC.

Bora said the Supreme Court had on Tuesday rejected the Assam government's move to allow 2014 electoral rolls as an additional document to update the NRC. He welcomed the decision and said they had full confidence in the court. "The NRC is a result of six-year-long struggle. The Supreme Court has played a historic role in this regard. The AGP will offer its full support," said Bora.

During the next hearing, the court will take up issues relating to indigenous people, tea tribes and various indigenous communities. It will also take up all the intervention and additional petitions filed by various individuals and organisations.

The AGP step has come amidst its hesitation in lending support to the growing demand of inclusion of names of all indigenous people directly in the NRC without having to produce any document.

Several organisations and Assam government have filed petitions in the Supreme Court stating their demands and opinions on the existing NRC modalities. In its latest affidavit, the Assam government advocated inclusion of the original inhabitants based on the Citizenship Act, 1955, Rule 2003, in the NRC.

Asam Sahitya Sabha filed a writ petition urging that communities belonging to the Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, other backward classes, more other backward classes and the tea garden communities in Assam (as mentioned in a few government documents) should be enlisted in the NRC without having to produce any documents. Former minister Himanta Biswa Sarma recently filed a miscellaneous petition in the case.


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