The Assam BJP president Ranjeet Dass on August 26th, 2019, while expressing his concern over the National Register of Citizens (NRC), reiterated the saffron party’s demand for an error-free NRC. “The BJP will take the issue to the state Assembly and the parliament if they find the NRC error,” Dass said.
Dass further demanded ‘counter verification’ of the linkage documents related to NRC. “The BJP will provide legal help to the origin Indian people, who will miss their names in the final NRC,” Dass added.
The state BJP, however, appreciated the centre’s decision to amend the rules to extend the time limit of filing of appeals for the people of Assam excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) from 60 days to 120 days. On August 23rd, 2019, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) chief advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya expressed strong resentment at the centre’s decision.
It may be mentioned that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated that the Assam government will provide legal aid to the needy people amongst those excluded from the NRC. The Assam government has agreed to set up an adequate number of tribunals at convenient locations apart from making arrangements to provide legal aid to the needy people amongst those excluded from NRC.