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'Bleak possibility of ordinance before polls'

By Correspondent

SILCHAR, Aug 24 - The Member of Parliament from Silchar, Susmita Dev, has said that possibilities of issuing the much-talked about ordinance by the Union Government before the 2016 Assembly election in the State as a safeguard to the persecuted Hindu Bengalis coming into Assam are bleak. She alleged that the BJP was playing politics over the issue.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has been the fervent sympathiser of the displaced Hindus from Bangladesh coming into Assam and during the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Narendra Modi had made it a core issue in the State. His chest-thumping promise in the soil of Barak Valley to wipe out the detention camps in the State � with which he wooed the voters � has ridiculously fallen flat with a large number of people being tagged as �D� voters and are dragged into the detention camps almost every day.

�On granting citizenship to the displaced Hindus, both the BJP and the Prime Minister is high on rhetoric and low on action. I don�t see any possibility that the BJP will come out with its promised ordinance before the elections,� Dev said.

Further, she cautioned the people of Assam to be aware as she strongly feels that the State BJP is walking on the lines of the Asom Gana Parishad. It will be interesting to see whom does Modi project as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the ensuing election. Expressing solidarity with those sent to the detention camps, Dev said that she had met the Superintendent of Police and came to know that there are about 2,000 people who are declared as �D� voters by the court.

She urged the political parties and the people to come out in large numbers to protest against the harassment meted out to the people. �There are many illegal citizens in other states but there has been no voice raised. We are facing such a situation only because we are residing in Assam. Cutting across political lines, the people must come out to protest the harassment in the name of NRC,� Dev said.

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