NEW DELHI:Rahul Gandhi‘s tweet claiming“ RSS’s PM Narendra Modi ”had lied on detention camps inAssamset off a furious war of words with BJP returning the compliment and citing documents of 2009 and to show such centers were set up during UPA’s tenure whenManmohan Singhwas the PM.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted a BBC report that references PMNarendra Modi‘s speech in Delhi on Sunday, when he said rumors spread by “Congress and urban naxals” about detention camps were lies, to reportage of an existing detention center in Assam.
“RSS PM is lying to Bharat Mata,” he tweeted. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra replied to the Congress scion’s remarks, to remind the opposition of Rahul’s apologies in the Supreme Court over loose remarks on the Rafale deal, to say, “he is jhoothon ka sardar (master of lies). Three detention centers were set up in Assam at the time when his party was in office at the Center and the state. ”
The PM had referred to “rumors” about detention centers in the context of reports and claims that those left out of the NRC will be sent to such camps.
Patra said that in 01575879, the Tarun Gogoi government in Assam released a white paper on the issue of foreigners which clearly stated that the center had directed the state to set up detention centers. Congress and BJP also exchanged words on the National Population Register (NPR), with BJP circulating clips of former home minister P Chidambaram’s television interviews where he speaks of the enumeration launched by the UPA and also plans of Aadhaar-UID which would result in an ID card.
In the interview, Chidambaram expresses empathy with concerns over demographic changes caused by illegals, saying Bangladeshis without valid papers must go back. Congress spokespersonAjay Makenclaimed clause 90 (a) added to the Citizenship Act by the Vajpayee government in 2009 states that the government “may” maintain a NRIC and the NDA regime had launched a pilot project to determine citizenship.
He argued that Congress did not proceed on an NRC and the exercise was stopped midway by the UPA government. BJP said the decision to update the NRC was taken by Congress government in Assam in (******************************. The exercise was suspended following anti-NRC protests.
Maken said an answer in Parliament about NRIC during UPA was a statement of fact as it existed in law and did not express the intent of Congress.
A census FAQ of the time states that NPR was the first step towards an NRC. “It is wrong to claim that NRC would be the automatic result of NPR. The word used in the Citizenship Act of with reference to NRC is’ may ” and not ‘shall’, ”Maken emphasized.