GUWAHATI, April 26 - The Asom Andolan Sangrami Manch (AASM) has decided to file a contempt of court case against BJP president Amit Shah for his reported comments on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB and the NRC update issues.
Former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who is also the chief advisor of AASM, said here today that the BJP-led Central government has failed to ensure passage of the CAB on account of the mass struggle carried out by the people of Assam and the North East.
�Under such circumstances, the Bill will lapse once the term of the current Lok Sabha gets over. However, the Prime Minister and the BJP chief have promised to bring back the CAB if the BJP returns to power and that is also mentioned in their party�s election manifesto. A day before the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Assam, the BJP president, while campaigning in West Bengal, reiterated his party�s commitment to bring back the CAB and added that NRC work will only be taken after the Bill is adopted. Such comments are a betrayal of the people of Assam and the North East and against their wishes and aspirations,� Mahanta said.
He said that the NRC update process is being carried out under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court and the citizens of the State are cooperating in the process.
Mahanta said that under such circumstances, the comments made by Shah portend ill for the country and go against the directions of the Supreme Court.
�This is not acceptable. By such comments, the BJP national president has publicly tried to portray himself as being above the apex court. The AASM believes such statements are in contempt of the Supreme Court and has decided to soon file a case in this regard,� Mahanta said, adding that AASM is in touch with advocates of the Supreme Court to take the matter forward.
He also called upon all political parties and non-political outfits to take a firm stand against what he termed as the BJP�s �anti-Assam stand�.
Mahanta said that AASM will not allow dilution of the Assam Accord.