Cit­i­zen­ship Bill Po­lit­i­cally Neu­tral, Won’t Im­pact BJP’s Prospects

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Once the bill be­comes op­er­a­tional, indige­nous peo­ple will get back at least 17 as­sem­bly seats in As­sam which are presently out of the do­main of indige­nous peo­ple. As­sam will have to bear the bur­den of roughly eight lakh peo­ple, three lakh in Barak val­ley and five lakh in Brahma­pu­tra val­ley. We will ask the gov­ern­ment to come out with a scheme wherein these five lakh peo­ple are in­cen­tivised to set­tle in other parts of the coun­try. The Union home min­istry con­sti­tuted a com­mit­tee for im­ple­men­ta­tion of clause 6 of the

As­sam Ac­cord and this will en­sure that tribal com­mu­ni­ties and indige­nous peo­ple have reser­va­tion right from pan­chayat level to as­sem­bly. The com­mit­tee will also sug­gest mea­sures to be taken to pro­tect As­samese and other indige­nous lan­guages of As­sam.

The com­mit­tee will rec­om­mend the ap­pro­pri­ate level of reser­va­tion in em­ploy­ment un­der the gov­ern­ment of As­sam for the As­samese peo­ple.

We have even dis­cussed cov­er­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion of the com­mit­tee un­der Ar­ti­cle 371. With this, As­sam will be­come an im­preg­nable fortress of indige­nous peo­ple. I am hope­ful peo­ple across the state will sup­port these ini­tia­tives. Cit­i­zen­ship bill and clause 6 are com­ple­men­tary in

na­ture. Do you think the BJP stands to lose po­lit­i­cally in the up­com­ing Lok Sabha polls due to this leg­is­la­tion? The bill is po­lit­i­cally neu­tral. How­ever, in elec­tions we are ready to face the con­se­quences. The Congress party’s op­po­si­tion to the bill is only on the grounds of Hindu im­mi­grants. Even if we take a hit in two to three seats, we ready for it in the greater in­ter­est of the coun­try. We have de­cided we will not com­pro­mise on this, and are firmly be­hind it. De­spite vig­or­ous cam­paign against the BJP, we won the re­cently held pan­chayat polls. We won in lo­cal polls in Karbi An­g­long and we will win in coun­cil polls in North Cachar hills. Peo­ple have ac­cepted our poli­cies.

Six out of the nine mem­bers in­vited to the panel on clause 6 of As­sam Ac­cord have pulled out…

We have ap­pealed to the mem­bers to take part in the com­mit­tee. I am again ask­ing the mem­bers to re­con­sider their de­ci­sion and join the panel and give their rec­om­men­da­tion. We may go for fresh mem­bers since we are com­mit­ted to give rec­om­menda

tions within six months.

Will the bill be placed in the Ra­jya Sabha?

The bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha. I am con­fi­dent that the bill will be passed in the Up­per House.

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