Assam NRC: ‘Not guts but greed for power’, Ahmed Patel hits back at Amit Shah

Ahmed Patel
Ahmed Patel, File Photo

New Delhi, August 1: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Wednesday hit back at Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah, saying that the BJP did not show “guts” but “greed for power” in implementing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. 

Slamming BJP Chief for evoking Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi over Assam Accord, Patel said ” Rajiv ji championed Assam and Punjab accords knowing it’ll adversely affect party’s chances in polls”.

“Earlier INC sacrificed its govt in Jammu and Kashmir for peace, legacy of Congress is to keep nation before party, this is guts”, he tweeted.

On Tuesday, addressing the Rajya Sabha Shah had said that the NRC was the soul of the Assam accord and  a pact signed in 1985 by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to identify illegal migrants into Assam and prepare a list of Indian citizens.

“This was the Congress PM’s initiative. He (Rajiv Gandhi) did not have the courage. We have courage and we are doing it,” he further stated.

The BJP Chief’s statement triggered noisy protests by the Opposition members led by those from the Congress and the TMC.

Earlier in a day, reacting to Shah’s remark Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said it insulted every Prime Minister since Rajiv Gandhi, in response to this the Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaih Naidu stated he will look into it.

The Registrar General of India (RGI) on Monday released a final draft of Assam’s  National Register of Citizens (NRC) in which 4 million people have been excluded, triggering a war of words between the NDA-led central government and the opposition.


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