The new chief minister of Assam on Saturday said that sealing of the borders with Bangladesh in two years and completion of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be the top two priorities of his new government. "We have promised to the people of Assam that the two key priorities of our government would be complete sealing of the border and completion of NRC before the elections.Therefore, we are obliged to doing them and show to the people that we are sincere to our promises," he told PTI

 

A product of the student movement against 'foreigners' in the 80s, Sonowal, who steered the BJP to victory in the elections, and his party had made infiltration one of the major issues in the poll campaign.On being asked about how he intended to seal the Indo-Bangladesh Border, Sonowal said "Indo-Bangladesh border is not completely sealed, specially in riverine areas through which infiltration take place. We want that it must be completely sealed so that there is zero infiltration from across the border."

 

He said the other priority would be the early completion of the NRC. "The updation process of NRC has been going on. It is getting delayed but we want to complete it as early as possible."The total length of the Indo-Bangladesh border is 4,096 km of which 263 km falls in Assam. In the Assam stretch, 224 km has already been fenced while around 40 km is riverine.

    

As per SC orders in 2014, the final updated NRC was to be published on January 1, 2016 and verification of the records was to be completed by last September. However, the verification is still on as on date though it has achieved 97 per cent levels across the state.The final NRC could pave the way for deportation of the illegal immigrants, who entered Assam after 1971 - a key poll promise of the BJP in the state.