The convenor of the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), Himanta Biswa Sarma, who was sworn in as the 15th Chief Minister of Assam by Governor Jagadish Mukhi at the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati on Monday, began with making clear and controversial statements. Soon after taking oath as the 15th Assam chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said his government would re-verify the National Register of Citizens (NRC) list, an issue that is likely to be in conflict with the Supreme Court of India’s latest ruling on the issue.
Addressing a press conference soon after the swearing in ceremony, Himanta Biswa Sarma said his government “wants re-verification of 20 per cent in the bordering districts and 10 per cent in other districts” in the NRC list. The Assam NRC final list was published on August 31, 2019 that excluded a staggering 1.9 million people (19 lakhs) from the list including hundreds of those who did not submit their claims. No reasons for rejection have been made available for this excluded. Himanta Biswa Sarma also said that his government will fulfill all its promises made before the elections, including bringing “laws against love jihad and land jihad”.
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