GUWAHATI, Nov 25 - Observing that most organisations and political parties in the State had earlier accepted 1971 as the cut-off year for detection and deportation of illegal migrants, the Axom Nagarik Samaj today urged all sections of the Assamese speaking people to raise their voice against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).
�Way back in the 1990s, most of the organisations and political parties had accepted 1971 as the cut-off year. Now, there is no logic to redefine it,� president of the Axom Nagarik Samaj (ANS) and former State DGP Harekrishna Deka said while addressing a press conference here.
The ANS is a civil society organisation of the State comprising eminent people from various spheres of life like literature, education, journalism, publication, banking, etc.
The eminent Assamese writer also asserted that in Assam there is no need to start the NRC update process again from the beginning. Though the recently published NRC has some errors, it is a big database, he added.
The ANS appealed to all organisations of the State to start a united movement against the move of the BJP-led government to re-introduce the CAB in Parliament.
In a statement, the ANS said enactment of the CAB will pose a threat to the Assamese language and culture, and within a few days, the Assamese speaking people will be reduced to a minority in their own land.
According to the 1971 census, Assam had 61 per cent of Assamese speaking people, but in the 2011 census, the number decreased to 48 per cent. So, the situation is serious and will worsen after the enactment of the CAB, it asserted.
The ANS alleged that the ruling party and its supporting organisations have been conveying wrong information to the public on the CAB issue.
Senior journalist and executive president of the ANS Ajit Kumar Bhuyan stated that the BJP is trying to stay in power through communal politics.