NEW DELHI, April 11 - The first meeting of the NDA partners on Monday evening saw the regional parties of the Northeast calling for expediting the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update works and implementation of the Assam Accord.
The meeting, presided over by BJP president Amit Shah and attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, besides 33 regional parties, saw the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People�s Front (BPF) renewing the demand for early completion of the NRC update works. The BPF also demanded a berth in the Modi government at the Centre.
The AGP was represented by party president Atul Bora and Keshab Mahanta who in their brief mention urged the BJP government at the Centre to expedite the implementation of the Assam Accord.
The AGP president called for resolution of the foreigners problem according to the Assam Accord. He told the meeting that illegal migrants should be detected and deported irrespective of their caste, creed and religion, as proposed in the Accord.
Sources said that Bora also brought to the notice of the meeting the problem faced by various ethnic groups in Assam. His views are significant given the controversy over the Citizenship Amendment Bill that proposes to give citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshi migrants, among others.
Hailing Modi�s leadership, Bora said the AGP has completed one year in the NDA and the people of Assam have lots of expectations from the Prime Minister.
According to Rajya Sabha MP Biswajeet Daimary, BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary reiterating the demand for early update of the NRC, said that flood and erosion problem should be declared as national problem. Calling for resolution of insurgency problem, Mohilary urged the Centre to complete the negotiation process with the militant groups.
The BPF also submitted a memorandum demanding scheduled tribe status for six communities of Assam, besides early passage of the Bill proposing to grant ST status to Bodos living in Karbi Anglong.
The BPF claimed that Bodo people have influence in over 25 Assembly seats and five Lok Sabha seats in Assam and as a partner of the BJP-led Sarbananda Sonowal government, they deserve a Cabinet berth at the Centre, said Daimary.
Currently, the BPF has only one member in the Rajya Sabha, while it lost the Kokrajhar seat.