CM Sarma’s opinion on Clause 6 Committee’s outline Upamanyu Hazarika

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Guwahati: Senior advocate and Prabajan Virodhi Manch convener Upamanyu Hazarika on Saturday claimed Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s opinion expressed in public that the outline of the Clause 6 Committee would not stand the scrutiny of courts is unlucky and yet another attempt to disclaim safeguards to indigenous people of Assam who are polite on their way of changing into a minority.

Hazarika alleged that it is lucid that there was once never any intention of providing any safeguards to the indigenous people opposite to the mandate of the Assam Accord, the outline of the Clause 6 Committee and the findings in three judgements of the Supreme Court.

In a press remark, Hazarika said, “The Chief Minister’s opinion is groundless and baseless for two reasons – Firstly, his view that the Supreme Court has prescribed a ceiling of 50% for reservation in employment and education is right so far as other states are concerned but the court has itself recognised with approval the reservation 80-90% granted for indigenous people in other Northeastern states like Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh etc.”

“Supreme Court in three successive judgements – Sarbananda Sonowal I, Sarbananda Sonowal II and Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha has provided finding that the indigenous people of Assam face the specter of losing their identity in the face of Bangladeshi inflow and due to this fact wish to be safe. The tripartite Assam Accord which assures grant of safeguard to indigenous people of Assam as a compensation for having taken the burden of 23 years of extra unlawful immigrants, which has also been nullified by the Chief Minister,” added Hazarika.

Hazarika also stated that newly appointed Assam Chief Minister has highlighted only one aspect that too only in the case of employment and educational reservation. There are other important aspects like land reservation, business licence reservation etc., by the Committee, which are implementable.

“If truth be told, in BJP ruled states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, land is reserved for locals as also in other Northeastern States. And, on December 21, 2019 as a Minister in the earlier Sonowal Government, the present Chief Minister had provided a solemn assurance to the public that legislation would be brought into force in the next meeting session reserving land for the indigenous people. It must be emphasized that the primary reason for infiltration from Bangladesh is economic and is the starvation for land which drives the infiltrators/migrants into Assam. Reservation of land for indigenous would disincentives infiltrators reversing the drift,” the senior advocate asserted.

Hazarika also claimed that in any event whether the Chief Minister had any doubts, regarding the implementation of a few a part of the Committee’s outline, he could have very polite sought a clarification from the distinguished legitimate experts in the committee, reasonably than voicing an opinion in the public. “Whether the desire to was once honest, he would have found a solution to the problem identified by him reasonably than scuttle the outline,” alleged Hazarika.

He also stated that CM Himanta Biswa Sarma’s political career has been in large part in the Congress where he has played an active role in the appeasement of Bangladeshi and acted with great urgency and alacrity in taking steps for their protection. To demonstrate, inside one month of the Congress Government coming to power in 2001, affidavit was once filed in the pending case asserting that the IMDT Act was once legitimate, which was once rejected by the court and the IMDT Act was once set aside. Thereafter, IMDT was once sought to be reinstated through rules under the Foreigners Act, set aside again by the Supreme Court in 2006.

“As Assam Accord implementation Minister in 2010, compensation was once granted to people who attacked and burned the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Barpeta, thereby stalling the NRC process. And, over 90 of those granted compensation turned out to be foreigners. When the NRC process was once sought to be revived through a petition in the Supreme Court the Government acted promptly in filing an affidavit opposing it, which was once rejected by the Court and NRC according to a specified timeline was once directed to be implemented. The promptitude and sincerity with which Dr. Sarma pursued the interest of the Bangladeshis while in the Congress has not been evident in the final 5 years in favour of the indigenous people when he has been in the BJP Government. Now as a Chief Minister, to give such opinions in public, not only weakens the case but is an affront and insult to the Assam Movement, Assam Accord and the sacrifices of the indigenous people in their fight for identity over the past 40 years,” Hazarika stated further in the press remark.

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