Assam NRC draft : Kapil Sibal hits out at Modi government over ‘Ghuspethiye’ Remark

Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Aug 2 : Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday criticised Narendra Modi government for calling all the 40 lakh people in Assam, that has been  excluded from the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC), as “infiltrators” (ghuspethiye) while the country’s Supreme Court  and top Election officer  said it was “premature” to think about whether 40 lakh people can vote.

The Congress leader pointed out  that the BJP government is in a hurry to give its final verdict on the Assam NRC draft while the Supreme Court has stated that “no authority will take coercive action against over 40 lakh people excluded from Assam NRC”.

Kapil Sibal took to twitter on Thursday to rebut BJP President Amit Shah ‘s “ghuspethiye” remark and taking “premature decision”, saying , “BJP calls those excluded from NRC ‘ghuspethiye’ .Think before you speak !”


Listing  out the various statements given over the NRC Assam final draft and the exclusion of nearly 40 lakh people, the Congress leader said, “Court: Only a draft Coordinator : Description too ‘premature’ Election Commission : Those on electoral roll can vote Families split :Some excluded others included .”

The Supreme Court, on its part, made it clear that it is only a draft and publication of draft NRC can’t form the basis of action against anyone by authorities and that the legal process will have to be followed after giving due opportunity to those whose names are missing. It further asked the central government to lay down the standard operating procedure on NRC and submit it for approval.

Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat has said that the electoral roll is governed by a separate law and exclusion from the final NRC would not mean “automatic removal” from Assam’s voters list.

Over 40 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants were excluded from Assam’s draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) released on Monday, sparking concerns about their future and triggering a nationwide political row.

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