Congress in a fix over NRC as which way to go; BJP wants to keep the issue alive
New Delhi, Aug 7: The Congress wants to eat the cake and have it too in the case of National Register of Citizenship (NRC) in Assam as it failed to take any definite stand on the issue. The party seems to be in a fix as it does not want to lose support of the minority community and also does not want majority community to go away. On the other hand the BJP wants to keep this issue alive till 2019 Lok Sabha elections to reap maximum benefit out of it.
Reportedly, Congress president Rahul Gandhi was hounded from all across in the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on the issue of NRC leading to the clarifications made by its spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala. It was said in the CWC meeting that the Congress is always trapped by the BJP on such issues. It was also discussed in the CWC that actually the NRC originally belongs to the Congress which was part of the Assam Accord signed by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and others while the BJP then opposed it.
Now in a changed political environment where Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee appears to be epicenter of the Opposition unity, the Congress is left with only one option of keeping the TMC in good humour. This is the reason the Congress supported its unjust demands as witnessed today in the Rajya Sabha on the issue of Silchar and Minimum Support Price. Actually, the Congress faced revolt from the state party president and former chief minister of the state speaking in support of NRC by calling it their own. The BJP utilized this opportune moment first to call the Congress the party of Muslims as Congress president Rahul Gandhi is accused of saying to the Urdu editors and now it is alleged to be the party of infiltrators.
It was said in the meeting that let Mamata take a lead on it as it is more of her political benefits and for the Congress let the Assam unit handle it and the Congress must not shy away from owning it as it deported over 80000 Bangladeshies. So Rahul backtrack his earlier stand of fiercely opposing NRC and once again the Congress is treading very cautiously on the issue. It wants the TMC to lead the issue and the Congress wants to support from the back. The Congress earlier was trying not to be found on the same page as the TMC but now it wants her to lead the issue.
Now the Congress wants to go slow on the issue but the TMC is very aggressive. The party can afford to take such decisions as Mamata is the sole decision making person in the party while the Congress has several checks and balances and the party might have its repercussion on forthcoming elections so any jerk reaction might harm the party which is already out of power in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for past 15 years and infighting in Rajasthan might harm it.
Political analysts like Rajvir Sharma said that the impact of NRC will not be confined to any particular area as demand to identify infiltrators has started coming from everywhere be it Delhi, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh or any other states in the country. It is a kind of Pandoora's Vox which once open will be difficult to handle.