The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to take the views of political parties on the Centre’s standard operating procedure (SOP) and modalities for filing and disposal of claims/objections leading to the publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam. State NRC Co-ordinator Prateek Hajela informed a Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton Nariman that the opinions of various political parties on the NRC were sought by a State sub-committee in 2012-13.
‘Opportunity for all’
“We want everybody to get a fair opportunity, considering the complexities and numbers, involved,” Justice Gogoi had observed. The much-anticipated second and final draft of the NRC shows 2.9 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore who applied in Assam. The names of 40.07 lakh applicants were not included in the historic document, considered proof of Assamese identity. The first draft NRC was published in the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 and showed the names of 1.9 crore people.