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Centre likely to convene tripartite meet on Assam Accord

By KALYAN BAROOAH
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NEW DELHI, Nov 4 - The Centre is likely to convene a tripartite meeting to take stock of the implementation of the Assam Accord, a delegation of AGP leaders was reportedly assured by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here this evening.

The AGP delegation led by State ministers Atul Bora and Keshab Mahanta besides Dr Kamala Kalita called on the Home Minister at his North Block office in connection with the implementation of the Assam Accord and the Hindu Bengali issue.

Singh, who gave the delegation a patient hearing is scheduled to meet Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on November 7 here, when the controversy surrounding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is likely to figure, sources said.

Meanwhile, talking to newsmen at North Block, minister Atul Bora, who is also the AGP president, said that the Home Ministry is the nodal ministry for implementation of the Assam Accord.

�We have requested the Home Minister to expedite the implementation of the Accord in letter and spirit and detection and deportation of the illegal migrants on the basis of it and not on the basis of religion and language,� he said.

�We have also apprised the Home Minister about our submission before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on October 25,� said Bora, adding that they had opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. �We have also explained the reasons why the AGP has opposed the Bill,� he added.

�We have accepted those who entered the State before the cutoff date and for that reason we have sought certain Constitutional safeguards. But in reality, we have not been given the Constitutional safeguards, so far,� he said.

�We have urged the Home Minister to expedite the implementation of the measures for the protection of the indigenous people and for the Constitutional safeguards,� said Keshav Mahanta.

�Singh has said that the Centre would give utmost importance to safeguard the interest of the indigenous people and shortly hold discussions with the Chief Minister of Assam,� said Bora.

The AGP president denied that there was division within the party on the issue, claiming that the AGP has only one view. �This is the creation of the media. We have made submissions before the JPC and today, we have met the Home Minister. Our stand is clear on this issue,� Bora said.

�We have urged the Home Minister to convene a tripartite meeting involving the Centre, Assam Government and AASU to review the Assam Accord. We want Constitutional safeguard for indigenous people,� the AGP leaders said.

Asked about BJP�s statement on deportation of only Muslim migrants and sheltering of Hindu Bengali migrants, the AGP leaders said that they have already made their stand clear and there is no need to go into the issue again and again.

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