GUWAHATI: Grin and bear it all against opposition to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Concentrate step has been taken under Prime Minister Narendra Modi to check illegal migration from Bangladesh, addressed by BJP on Saturday.
BJP spokesperson Jayanta Mala Baruah said here on Saturday, “It was after Modi came to power that the land-swap deal with Bangladesh paved the way for sealing the Indo-Bangla border. Then, updating the national register of citizens (NRC) picked up momentum under our government. Recently, the Union cabinet approved the formation of a high-powered committee to suggest means to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. These are steps that will go a long way in curbing influx, as envisioned in the Assam Accord,”
After six years of anti-foreigner movement in the state, A Clause 6 of Assam Accord, signed in 1985, says “Constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the culture, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.”
Baruah said, no government whether at center or state in past 34 years of the signing of the Accord had shown seriousness to handle the problem of illegal migration like the NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Modi have done. Baruah further stated that “In 34 years, nine meetings on the implementation of Assam Accord was held during Vajpayee’s time, while during UPA rule six meetings were held. One meeting each were held during IK Gujral and VP Singh’s tenures,”
On Friday, Modi addressed in public rally that the government is committed to passing the bill which seeks citizenship for non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan soon. There is a great protest against this bill across the state. BJP AGP(Asom Gana Parishad) and several organizations stand against the bill when it was first placed in Parliament in 2016.
The Union cabinet chaired by PM, Prior to Modi’s visit, granted setting up of a high-powered committee to suggest constitutional, administrative and, legislative safeguards. This decision became a topic of criticism by many organizations, including the All Assam Students Union (Aasu). as a tactic to divert opposition to the bill.
They enquired why the Centre putting up of the committee when only a few months are left for the present government’s term to end. Baruah said, “BJP does politics of solution, not politics of keeping issues alive for electoral gains. Many ask what was the necessity of a high-powered committee when a sub-committee was formed in 1998 to look into the implementation of Clause 6. I say there is a huge difference. The high-powered committee will definitely have more power than the sub-committee of 1998,”