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Congress MP urges Sonowal to rethink choice of NRC coordinator

Sarma, a 1989-batch Assam civil service officer, was appointed last week after the incumbent, Prateek Hajela, was released from duty for inter-cadre deputation to MP after a Supreme Court order.

Written by Abhishek Saha | Guwahati | Published: November 14, 2019 12:54:18 am
Khaleque wrote that Sarma was neither “unbiased nor trustworthy” and referred to his “posts on Facebook”. (Representational)

Congress’s Barpeta MP Abdul Khaleque on Wednesday wrote to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, urging him to reconsider the appointment of Hitesh Dev Sarma as the new NRC state coordinator.

Sarma, a 1989-batch Assam civil service officer, was appointed last week after the incumbent, Prateek Hajela, was released from duty for inter-cadre deputation to MP after a Supreme Court order.

Khaleque wrote that Sarma was neither “unbiased nor trustworthy” and referred to his “posts on Facebook”. In a post on February 13, Sarma said there were “lakhs and lakhs of Bangladeshis in the NRC”. In another post on November 15, 2017, he said, “Minority appeasement policy for the last seven decades has changed the definition of secularism.”

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