Janata Dal United (JDU) Vice President, Prashant Kishor on Sunday voiced his criticism over NRC stating that it leaves lakhs of people as foreigners in their own country. The criticism was fiercely responded by party’s senior leader Ajay Alok on Monday stating that no one is stopping people from proving their residency.
Dismissing the NRC as ‘botched up’ Kishor expressed his disappointment in his tweet saying that people are paying the price of political posturing and rhetoric being misconstrued as a solution without giving a thought to strategic and systemic challenges.
A botched up NRC leaves lakhs of people as foreigners in their own country!— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) September 1, 2019
Such is the price people pay when political posturing & rhetoric is misunderstood as solution for complex issues related to national security without paying attention to strategic & systemic challenges.
Alok’s response came as a fierce retaliation, questioning Kishor whether the 70 years of governance was systemic and strategic, further taking a dig at Kishor and Mamata Banerjee's irresponsible approach over illegal immigrants.
What is strategic and systemic ? The one which we are following for last 70 yrs and results are for everyone, As far as botched up NRC who is stopping anyone to prove there residency ? Why guys like you and didi are having pain in abdomen? Strategist u are but of no value https://t.co/Oj2BTezg2h— Dr Ajay Alok (@alok_ajay) September 2, 2019
Alok further highlighted the fact that illegal immigrants have become voters in various places across Bihar.
Do you really think you won the election for @NitishKumar ji in 2015 or for @narendramodi ji in 2014? If yes then kudos to you and best of luck for @MamataOfficial but don’t post social n political tweets it doesn’t suit u ,u r “professional electioneer “ all this will hurt https://t.co/Oj2BTezg2h— Dr Ajay Alok (@alok_ajay) September 2, 2019
Is JDU comfortable with illegal immigrants who have become voters in Kishanganj , Purnia , Araria , katihar , Supaul , Darbhanga @PrashantKishor ji , you are VP of the party , must be knowing more than me ? Sir @NitishKumar come out of him , we have seen him n u know him— Dr Ajay Alok (@alok_ajay) September 2, 2019
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is aimed at segregating Indian citizens living in Assam from those who had illegally entered the state from Bangladesh after 1971. The final NRC was declared on August 31, witnessing the exclusion of over 19 lakh people, while 3.11 crore people found their names included in the list. While the list is not a proof of citizenship, the Government has granted 120 days to everyone whose names were not included to reapply and defend their case. People excluded from NRC will now have to appeal to the foreign tribunal within the stipulated time frame.
Government deployed fifty-one companies of the Central Armed Paramilitary Force (CAPF) in various parts of the state. Section 144 was enforced in the Assam Secretariat and Assembly complexes located at Dispur to prevent any untoward violence over the NRC row.