New Delhi, Aug 2: Congress leader Kapil Sibal attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for calling all the 40 lakh people, left out of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, “ghuspethiye (infiltrators)”. Sibal listed out the various statements given over the NRC Assam final draft and the exclusion of nearly 40 lakh people and concluded the tweet with “Think before you speak”. In the tweet, the Congress leader reportedly pointed at the government for not making it clear for the 40 lakh people who have not been included in the Assam NRC list.

Referring to BJP chief Amit Shah’s “ghuspethiye” remark on the 40 lakh people, the Congress leader said that while BJP calls the excluded people infiltrators, the court says that it is only a draft. “BJP calls those excluded from NRC ‘ghuspethiye’, Court: Only a draft, Coordinator: Description too ‘premature’, Election Commission : Those on electoral roll can vote. Think before you speak”

The Leader of Opposition in the Assam Assembly, Debabrata Saikia, on Wednesday lashed out at BJP President Amit Shah for his statement in the Rajya Sabha that all the 40 lakh people left out of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam are “inflitrators”.

While the BJP leader called them infiltrators, Prateek Hajela, the NRC coordinator, said that the ones not included in the list cannot be labelled as ‘ghuspethiye’ or infiltrators as nothing but a ‘judicial scrutiny’ can only establish whether or not a person can be called an illegal migrant. He also said that there is a high possibility of ‘errors’ in the NRC draft as it was a ‘manual process’.

On being asked about the position of the 40 lakh people who were excluded from the NRC list, the Election Commission said that can they vote if they qualify under electoral laws even if the NRC is not finalised before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “Why not. Suppose I am not in NRC but if I fulfil the criteria under the Representation of People Act — that is I am a citizen of India, 18 years of age and ordinarily resident of that area — I can be a voter,” Chief Election Commission O.P. Rawat told the media.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday told the Centre that no authority will take any coercive action against the 40 lakh people who have been excluded from the Assam NRC 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. Applications of 2.89 crore was approved in the draft list of citizens, which forms part of a long-running campaign against Bangladeshi immigrants in Assam.