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Assam BJP wants more time for NRC claims

Says no genuine Indian citizen should be excluded

The Bharatiya Janata Party Assam unit has sought a month’s extension of the time for filing objections to the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The party has submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for the extension.

The complete draft NRC published on July 30 had the names of 28,983,677 of the 32,991,384 applicants. NRC officials said discrepancies in submitting relevant documents led to the exclusion of 40,07,707 names. “The number of people excluded is a huge one. We believe there should be more time given to file claims and objections so that all genuine cases are included,” BJP State vice-president Manoj Ram Phukan said on Monday.

“We don’t want a single foreigner’s name to be included in the final NRC. But no genuine Indian citizen should be excluded from the list because of a lack of adequate time,” he said.

Some 2,500 NRC Nagarik Seva Kendras across the State would be providing ‘claims, objections and corrections’ forms from August 10. Those left out of the NRC draft would be required to submit the forms along with admissible documents between August 30 and September 28.

Political parties and NGOs say the time is too short for people whose citizenship was at stake. “Time is of essence for ensuring an error-free NRC,” Aminul Islam, leader of the All India United Democratic Front, said.

State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela said some human errors were possible in a massive exercise such as NRC updating. “We are improving our system too for ensuring an error-free NRC,” he said.

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