Guwahati: In what may be called an attempt to give a communal spin to the process of updating the NRC, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a frontal organisation of the RSS, on Wednesday said that Assam will become an Islamic state if NRC is not corrected.
Announcing that they are going to launch a protest against the National Register of Citizenship, which was published on August 31, Assam ABVP secretary Rakesh Das told reporters, “Assam is heading towards becoming an Islamic state. Immigrants are celebrating and genuine citizens are complaining after the NRC was published. There are so many people with all the documents but their names are not there on the list. How is that possible when even a decade ago Union home ministers had mentioned illegal immigrants to be more than 40 lakh in Assam? If this NRC is accepted then it will turn Assam into an Islamic state like Kashmir.
The students body said, “We are not questioning the Supreme Court but we are questioning the way in which it has been done. The data entry has been faulty.”
The ABVP also criticised the All Assam Students Union (Aasu) for changing their stand on NRC. “We need to know who is Aasu standing with? They had raised questions on our credibility. Why are they changing their stance now? Why are they now saying NRC has errors?,” said the ABVP leader.
Mr Das said, “We need to go for a movement. We will try to get indigenous people to raise their voices. In fact, we are supporting Motiur Rahman (Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha working president), that is demanding 1951 as the cut-off year. We want justice for the people of Assam, who have been fighting for their rights for decades.”
The ABVP said that soon there will be massive protests and awareness campaigns to ensure that the people are not miffed with the BJP.
“Finally, the people of Assam have been awarded with an erroneous NRC. After a six-year-long anti-foreigners movement and 40 years of wait, the people of Assam have got an incorrect and foreigners-included NRC,” the ABVP.