GUWAHATI, Dec 2 - The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) is an ideological commitment for the BJP and implementation of the proposed legislation will not hurt the interest of indigenous people of Assam, State BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass said here today.
He said this at a function to release the latest edition of the party’s monthly magazine Asomiya BJP Barta.
Dass said that implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord would ensure adequate protection to the political, social, cultural and linguistic rights of the indigenous people. “As far as the CAB is concerned, we are only fulfilling our ideological commitment,” he said.
Dass added, “Implementation of the CAB will only strengthen the political security of the indigenous people. There is no question of acting against the interest of the sons of soil. The locals have no reason to be apprehensive about the CAB.”
He said that no government took steps to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord over the years. “Clause 6 existed only on paper all these years. It was only after the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge that attempt was finally made to implement Clause 6. It is a praiseworthy step. The Modi government wants to ensure protection of the rights of the indigenous people of Assam,” said the BJP leader.
He said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah has held wide-ranging consultations with various political parties and non-political organizations regarding the CAB. “The Congress did not participate in the consultations. Other parties did,” Dass said.
He accused the Congress of speaking in divergent voices on the issue of CAB in the Barak Valley and the Brahmaputra Valley.
Dass called upon the BJP cadres to present “facts” regarding the CAB to the masses.