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BJP wants 1951 as base year for definition of Assamese

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GUWAHATI, Jan 8 - The ruling BJP wants 1951 as the base year for definition of the term �Indigenous� or �Assamese�.

Addressing a press conference here today, State BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass said that the saffron party has decided to support 1951 as the base year for the purpose and will put forward its view before the high powered committee set up by the Centre for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

Dass said that all those people who had their names in the Voters� List of 1951 in Assam and their descendents should be considered as �Assamese� or �Indigenous�, irrespective of language, caste and religion, and they should be provided constitutional safeguards and other rights under the provisions of the Assam Accord.

The State government has earlier said that it will move the Centre to replace the word �Assamese� with �Indigenous� in the Clause 6.

He said that former Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker Pranab Gogoi had completed 80 per cent of the work in defining �Assamese� and the newly constituted high powered committee can now finish the remaining work.

Dass alleged that the then Tarun Gogoi government and the Congress party legislators of that period had opposed Pranab Gogoi�s definition.

Dass welcomed the Central government�s announcement to introduce a Bill to declare six communities of Assam as Schedule Tribes (STs).

He said that with the announcement made in this regard by Union Home Minister in Parliament today there is no chance of any �backtracking� on the issue.

Dass said that granting ST status to the six communities was a promise of the BJP and the party is committed to fulfilling it.

�Besides, the existing ST communities will not be deprived on account of this. That is how the entire issue had been handled,� he said.

The BJP leader claimed that the Assam Accord is not only about definition of who is a foreigner but also about protection of the language, culture and heritage of the indigenous people and their political, social, cultural and economic rights.

He said that implementation of Clause 6 of the Accord will help in fulfilling these things.

�For the future of the Assamese people, we will focus more on Clause 6 of the Accord than on Clause 5. Once Clause 6 is implemented, the indigenous people of Assam will remain the masters of the State for perpetuity. Then somebody like Badruddin Ajmal will never be able to become the Chief Minister of Assam,� Dass said.

He added that Clause 5 of the Assam Accord has already been violated many times, like in 1987, 1992 and 2003, when the Citizenship Act was amended.

�Nobody said anything then because the Congress was in power. The situation now compels us to go for another amendment to the Act,� Dass said.

He accused the Congress and the KMSS of inciting the people against the State government on the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

�On the one hand, people like Tarun Gogoi, Ripun Bora and Bhubaneswar Kalita want all those whose names figure in the Voters� List till 2016 to be included in the NRC and on the other hand they claim to support AASU�s demand for maintaining 1971 as the cut-off date. AASU spearheaded the Assam Agitation. AASU has every right to state its case with regard to the Accord and Clause 6. AASU has every right to criticize us. But not the Congress and the KMSS,� said the senior BJP leader.

He also warned Congress and KMSS activists against inciting people against the BJP and cited instances of attacks on the ruling party�s offices at various places today.

�I urge them not to provoke us any further. BJP has 27 lakh cadres in Assam. We will not take things lying down. In case of any untoward incident Congress and KMSS will be responsible,� Dass said.

He also claimed that AGP�s departure from the ruling alliance will not affect the BJP�s prospects in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Dass said BJP will win at least 11 of the 14 Lok Sabha seats from Assam.

He added that BJP�s alliance with the BPF, the Ganashakti, the Tiwa Aikya Manch and the Rabha Joutha Samiti remain intact.

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BJP wants 1951 as base year for definition of Assamese

GUWAHATI, Jan 8 - The ruling BJP wants 1951 as the base year for definition of the term �Indigenous� or �Assamese�.

Addressing a press conference here today, State BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass said that the saffron party has decided to support 1951 as the base year for the purpose and will put forward its view before the high powered committee set up by the Centre for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

Dass said that all those people who had their names in the Voters� List of 1951 in Assam and their descendents should be considered as �Assamese� or �Indigenous�, irrespective of language, caste and religion, and they should be provided constitutional safeguards and other rights under the provisions of the Assam Accord.

The State government has earlier said that it will move the Centre to replace the word �Assamese� with �Indigenous� in the Clause 6.

He said that former Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker Pranab Gogoi had completed 80 per cent of the work in defining �Assamese� and the newly constituted high powered committee can now finish the remaining work.

Dass alleged that the then Tarun Gogoi government and the Congress party legislators of that period had opposed Pranab Gogoi�s definition.

Dass welcomed the Central government�s announcement to introduce a Bill to declare six communities of Assam as Schedule Tribes (STs).

He said that with the announcement made in this regard by Union Home Minister in Parliament today there is no chance of any �backtracking� on the issue.

Dass said that granting ST status to the six communities was a promise of the BJP and the party is committed to fulfilling it.

�Besides, the existing ST communities will not be deprived on account of this. That is how the entire issue had been handled,� he said.

The BJP leader claimed that the Assam Accord is not only about definition of who is a foreigner but also about protection of the language, culture and heritage of the indigenous people and their political, social, cultural and economic rights.

He said that implementation of Clause 6 of the Accord will help in fulfilling these things.

�For the future of the Assamese people, we will focus more on Clause 6 of the Accord than on Clause 5. Once Clause 6 is implemented, the indigenous people of Assam will remain the masters of the State for perpetuity. Then somebody like Badruddin Ajmal will never be able to become the Chief Minister of Assam,� Dass said.

He added that Clause 5 of the Assam Accord has already been violated many times, like in 1987, 1992 and 2003, when the Citizenship Act was amended.

�Nobody said anything then because the Congress was in power. The situation now compels us to go for another amendment to the Act,� Dass said.

He accused the Congress and the KMSS of inciting the people against the State government on the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

�On the one hand, people like Tarun Gogoi, Ripun Bora and Bhubaneswar Kalita want all those whose names figure in the Voters� List till 2016 to be included in the NRC and on the other hand they claim to support AASU�s demand for maintaining 1971 as the cut-off date. AASU spearheaded the Assam Agitation. AASU has every right to state its case with regard to the Accord and Clause 6. AASU has every right to criticize us. But not the Congress and the KMSS,� said the senior BJP leader.

He also warned Congress and KMSS activists against inciting people against the BJP and cited instances of attacks on the ruling party�s offices at various places today.

�I urge them not to provoke us any further. BJP has 27 lakh cadres in Assam. We will not take things lying down. In case of any untoward incident Congress and KMSS will be responsible,� Dass said.

He also claimed that AGP�s departure from the ruling alliance will not affect the BJP�s prospects in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Dass said BJP will win at least 11 of the 14 Lok Sabha seats from Assam.

He added that BJP�s alliance with the BPF, the Ganashakti, the Tiwa Aikya Manch and the Rabha Joutha Samiti remain intact.

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