NEW DELHI, Aug 17 � A subtle move to review the various agreements signed by the Centre was slammed by the Opposition, with Sushma Swaraj arguing that such moves would put a big question mark over the sanctity of ongoing negotiations with the various underground outfits of the North-East.
The discussion on the mass exodus of people belonging to the North-East saw MPs questioning the view that the various accord signed by the Centre needed to be reviewed. A MP from Jammu and Kashmir criticised the inordinate delay in implementation of Assam Accord signed by Late Rajiv Gandhi.
Participating in the discussion, Opposition Leader, Sushma Swaraj said that the Centre sometimes talks about revisiting the Assam Accord, reviewing the BTC Accord. The North-East is a sensitive area and the Government of India is currently talking to various insurgent groups.
�If you talk about reviewing the Accords, then there would be big question mark over your intentions,� Swaraj said.
Joining the issue, Mirza Mehboob Begh criticised the tendency of the Centre of ignoring the issues, when there is peace. Permanent peace would come only when you try to resolve the issues. What is troubling Assam and its people is that some of the issues have not been addressed permanently. The Assam Accord for instance has not been implemented cent percent, he pointed.
Meanwhile, in the Rajya Sabha, Biren Baishya said that North East people were receiving threatening SMS messages, while posters were put asking the people of North-Eastern region to leave the place by August 20. And out of fear, people left the place, he said.
Baishya urged the Government to take up the matter with each and every State and talk to the Chief Minister, DGP and Chief Secretary of each and every State.
Joining the discussion in Lok Sabha, Bijoya Chakrvarty traced the current unrest to the problem of infiltration by illegal Bangladeshis, charging that 14 out of 27 districts in Assam were now Muslim majority districts. This provoked the Congress MPs to react sharply with Minister DoNER, Paban Singh Ghatowar and Ranee Narah lodging a strong protest.
Amidst interruptions, Chakravarty alleged that threats were made asking people of North-East to flee before end of Ramjan. None of the culprits involved in the incidents at Mumbai and Pune have been arrested so far, she alleged, wondering who were behind the conspiracy.
Participating in the discussion, Arun Jaitley said that presence of people of North-East in various parts of the country, in fact, promotes national unity and integrity, and, therefore, a situation like this, where a fear psychosis is created amongst them and some of them have to move back to their States in a state of panic, is a challenge which each one of us faces.
�I think, it is an onerous responsibility on each one of us to make sure that this panicky situation, this rumour-mongering, comes to an end, and the Central Government, the State Governments, all political parties and all communities speak in one language and make sure that this exodus stops immediately and those who have been misled to go back, return to their place of work and study,� said Jaitley.
Joining the discussion, Biswajeet Daimary said that it was obvious that somebody was playing mischief. He alleged that old clipping of riots were being circulated to whip up tension. Daimary urged the Centre and State Governments to not only tighten security measures but also to make proper arrangements for the people upon their arrival in Assam.