Guwahati: Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has broken his silence on the on-going controversy over the National Register of Citizen (NRC) and has criticised the draft calling out the list he said it “contains lots of errors”. He also said that a voter list could have been enough documentation to prove citizenship.
He told news agency ANI, “NRC draft contains lots of errors. Among 40 lakhs people, who have been left out of the list, a vast majority are genuine Indian citizens and many are indigenous people.
“Voter list could have been a relevant document to prove citizenship, to be a voter one must be an Indian citizen.” The second and final list of the NRC in Assam included the names of only 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crores applicants. The state has been a centre point for the Opposition and the ruling party ever since July 30 when the second list came out.
The Centre has been criticised by the Opposition parties like Trinamool Congress and Left parties for leaving out 4 million people from the list. The Centre issued a clarification that this is not the final list and the Supreme Court will supervise the updating process.
The first draft list has the names of 1.9 crore people out of the total applicants. The NRC has stirred a debate whether the process will be followed in the rest of the states. Some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister have suggested that NRC should be followed in West Bengal, Bihar and even Delhi.
The Centre has not yet issued any confirmation or clarification yet. The Centre has also said that the people who are not included in the list, will not be directly deported and will get a chance to prove there citizenship to the top court.