The publication of draft NRC has apparently created rift within the Congress in Assam. APCC chief Ripun Bora on Sunday refused to subscribe to the statements of three Congress leaders including MP Sushmita Dev, MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purakayastha and former Congress minister Siddique Ahmed on draft NRC.
The rift within the Congress came to fore when the party leadership has distanced itself from the remarks of the three leaders from Barak. Addressing media here in Guwahati Ripun Bora said the party is not responsible for the remarks of three Congress leaders.
“They have made these statements out of emotions. The party is not responsible for their statements as these are their personal statements,” Bora said. He made it a point that party would have been responsible if any member holding any responsible position in the party makes such controversial statement.
Recently Silchar MP Sushmita Dev thanked West Bengal chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for expressing her concern for the Bengalis living in Assam. Mamata Banerjee’s controversial comment that the NRC is a ploy to drive out Bengali speaking people from Assam draws flak from all quarters of the state.
The North Karimganj constituency legislator raised question about how ULFA (I) chief Paresh Baruah’s name figured in the draft NRC.
On the other hand, former Congress Minister Siddique Ahmed on Saturday alleged that the All Assam students’ Union (AASU) has harassed the people of Barak valley in the name of NRC update.
The state Congress president also affirmed that the updating of NRC should be based on Assam Accord. Bora downplayed the issue of err in the draft NRC saying it ‘a human error’.
Recently Congress has demanded an inquiry into the improper verification of documents in 13 districts of Assam. A delegation of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee on Friday met NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela and submitted a memorandum to him in this regard.
Congress has pointed out that there was deliberate negligence on the party of the NRC authority in verifying the documents of 208 seva kendras in 13 districts of the state. These districts include Darrang, Marigaon, Nagaon, Goalpara, Dhubri, Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Mancachar, Bongaigaon and part of Nalbari.