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Legal battle, mass movement for ILP will continue: AJYCP

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 4 - The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) has said that it would carry on with both the legal battle and mass movement to secure inner line permit (ILP) for Assam as it would be the strongest tool to protect the indigenous population from infiltration of foreigners and internal migration.

After the Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre on its plea challenging the Presidential order amending the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873 to deny Assam an inner line permit (ILP) system and listed the matter for next hearing in July, the AJYCP said that along with the legal fight, its democratic movement over the issue would continue till Assam gets its due (ILP).

AJYCP president Rana Pratap Barua and general secretary Palash Changmai said the youth body has full faith in the Indian judiciary, but, at the same time, a strong public opinion in favour of ILP is required in the State as it could be a strong tool to protect people from the adverse effects of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019.

�We have all along been demanding ILP as the threat to the indigenous population of Assam is real and we need some protective mechanism to check illegal influx of foreigners and even internal migration so that the Assamese people are not reduced to minorities in their own land, like the indigenous people of Tripura,� Changmai said.

The organisation lamented the fact that even though it has been raising the ILP issue for the past 42 years, neither the State government nor the Union government has shown any willingness to discuss the matter.

�Our future is not secure till we get a mechanism to keep track of the people entering the State. And since we are facing the threat of continuous illegal infiltration, ILP is a legitimate demand of the AJYCP and the indigenous Assamese people and we will continue fighting till we get it,� Changmai added.

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