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Prateek Hajela must account for money spent, says BJP

Assam BJP unit chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass said that Hajela must not be released unless he submits a utilisation certificate of Rs 1,600 cr spent on the NRC.

, ET Bureau|
Oct 19, 2019, 08.45 AM IST
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Knives were out for NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela hours after Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi ordered his transfer to Madhya Pradesh for the maximum permissible period. Assam BJP unit chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass said that Hajela must not be released unless he submits a utilisation certificate of Rs 1,600 cr spent on the NRC.

“Had he done good work, why would he be transferred? We got nothing from this NRC and names of genuine Indian citizens were axed. I am not sure if Hajela will come back to Assam. If required the Assam government must file an affidavit in the Supreme Court that Hajela must not be released unless he gives the accounts of money,” Dass said. BJP’s Hojai MLA Shiladitya Dev, who has been incessantly attacking the NRC coordinator, alleged that Hajela had given Assam an ‘erroneous NRC’ and could not escape. “He has sought transfer to Madhya Pradesh. However, we will get him for his wrongdoing, no matter whether he is in Madhya Pradesh or in America,” he said.

The Supreme Court had rejected Assam’s and Centre’s pleas for conducting 20% sample reverification of the draft NRC in border districts after Hajela had submitted in SC that 27%re-verificationhad been done. Several other organisations were miffed with Hajela after the National Register of Citizens was finalised. NRC was setup to identify illegal migrants in Assam from Bangladesh as promised in the Assam Accord signed between the Centre and agitators of Assam in 1985.

The All Assam Students Union welcomed Hajela’s transfer. Speaking to the media in New Delhi on Friday, Aasu adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya alleged Hajela did not follow orders of the SC.

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