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Not opposed to NRC, but to the way it's being implemented: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The is not opposed to the NRC but to the way it was being implemented in Assam, said here today and accused Shah of doing over the citizens' register.

"Shah does not know the history of NRC. The 1985 Accord was signed by and the after coming to power. The party initiated the NRC process in 2005," Khera told a press conference.

He claimed that 80 per cent of the NRC work in was done by the Congress, and the rest by after the Supreme Court's directive.

"Also during the tenure of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, there was no work on the NRC in Assam," Khera said.

"Now people like Shah are doing over the NRC. The NRC draft does not have the names of the family members of a former of the country (Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed) and a former vice-chancellor among others.

"Doing over the NRC is very dangerous," he said.

"We never think about We think about the entire country. The Government of told the in November 2017 that there will be a law and order problem if the NRC is implemented in The BJP government is saying something to the court and something else to the public," he said.

To a question on West Bengal Mamata Banerjee's comment about bloodbath if the NRC was implemented, Khera said, "No responsible party should utter such words."

"No political party has the right to politicise the issue," he added.

Asked about Shah's call for a "Congress-mukt Bharat in 2019", he said, "First they (BJP) talk about Congress-mukt Bharat. Then they will give call for democracy-mukt Bharat, removing all democratic institutions."


said that the Centre should have talked to the government before publishing the NRC.

There is no deportation pact between and Bangladesh, he added.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 19:30 IST
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